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Most people do not realize the extent of their injuries caused by the sudden stopping of all that speed during a motor vehicle collision. Two or more vehicles traveling 25 miles per hour suddenly are forced to stop, damage to the cars are seen, but what about the damage of your body being suddenly stopped. Hitting the steering wheel, side window, or even the belt and seat holding you in place.
While an accident at slow speeds may initially seem harmless, even a 5mph fender bender can cause whiplash injuries. Many victims may not experience pain until weeks or months following their accident. Pain can develop slowly over time as the body fails to properly heal itself. The formation of scar tissue can further aggravate injuries.
Without proper treatment, a motor vehicle injury can lead to a lifetime of chronic pain and discomfort. From whiplash and neck pain to lower back problems, our chiropractic team can help. Dr. Lockwood, has helped patients safely heal following auto accident injuries – and he can help you, too. From chiropractic care to physio therapy, our integrative approach to pain management promotes long-term wellness.
Whiplash injuries occur when the force of a accident impact suddenly whips the neck beyond its normal range of motion. Accident victims may experience an initial soreness in the shoulders and neck, followed by chronic neck pain, headaches, migraines and difficulty concentrating. Misalignment in the cervical spine may be causing this pain. Dr. Lockwood will begin with an initial diagnostic exam to determine the extent of musculoskeletal injuries. Once a misalignment(s) are located, we use gentle, hands-on adjustments to restore proper alignment.
Chiropractic care is also an effective treatment for lower back pain. Due to the accident’s force of impact, car accident victims may suffer a herniated disc in the lower back. If this disc compresses nearby nerves, patients may experience a condition known as sciatica. This is characterized by pain in the lower back, legs, and buttocks. As long as a mechanical misalignment in the lower back persists, patients will continue to experience back pain. Chiropractic adjustments restore alignment to the spine, relieving pressure on the nerves.
Dr. Lockwood creates custom treatment programs for each patient, tailored specifically to an individual's wellness needs. In addition to spinal adjustments, Dr. Lockwood incorporates complementary treatments for enhanced back and neck pain relief. Treatments such as massage therapy and physio therapy promote internal healing while managing pain. Massage treatments help sore and stiff muscles relax, releasing tension trapped deep within the muscle fascia. The act of massage is also important for internal healing. Massage therapy promotes circulation, which flushes out toxins and brings fresh oxygen to injured tissues. Physiotherapy treatments, such as corrective care exercises, help restore movement, flexibility and coordination to the body.
The first step towards long-lasting back pain and neck pain relief is to seek treatment. Each year, millions of Americans sustain a car accident injury . If you have sustained an accident injury, prompt treatment can mean the difference between a chronic pain and a speedy recovery. We strongly encourage all accident victims to visit our office for an injury diagnosis. Our clinic is conveniently located to serve both Redmond and Factoria car accident injury patients.
Schedule your diagnostic appointment today by calling 425-455-3636!