Chiropractic Care for Concussions After an Auto Accident
Auto accident injuries are the second leading cause of concussions in the United States, making up 17.3% every year after slip and falls at 35%. A concussion occurs when a person is subjected to a sudden and violent movement. Typically, mild concussions after an auto accident dissipate within 7-10 days with physical rest.
However, severe concussions can last weeks, months, or years hence the term post-concussive syndrome. Patients with this syndrome need a little more than rest. Chiropractic care can be quite effective when treating a concussion after an auto accident. If you have recently been involved in an auto accident and live in Westminister, Aurora, Lakewood, Centennial, or the surrounding areas, contact our team at Metro Denver Accident & Injury Centers today.
The Causes of a Concussion
A concussion is a type of head injury that causes the brain to jostle inside the skull. The skull is designed to protect the brain using flexible layers that cushion the brain and absorb shock. However, when the head gets a strong blow either after an auto accident injury, slip and fall, or sports injury, the brain can be shaken, hitting the sides of the skull. As a result, the brain gets bruised and, in severe cases, may bleed.
The Symptoms of a Concussion
The symptoms can vary depending on the severity of the injury. It can take a few days to notice the symptoms. The most common symptoms include:
- Headaches and migraines
- Memory loss
- Dissociation or feeling foggy
- Nausea or vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
- Unconsciousness (immediately after the accident)
Visit a Chiropractor After an Auto Accident
Conventional medicine focuses on managing the symptoms of a concussion. Doctors often prescribe painkillers to help with the headaches and migraines without diagnosing the root cause of the problem. On the contrary, chiropractic care takes a more holistic approach. Our chiropractors address all of the peripheral concerns about the concussion identifying the root cause, which could be a problem in the nervous or musculoskeletal systems. Some of the treatment modalities include:
- Precise adjustments: This treatment is ideal when the doctor knows the exact location and degree of misalignment. The adjustments lead to effective and long-lasting relief allowing the body to heal properly.
- Low-force corrections: These adjustments are ideal for patients that have developed concussions due to sports injuries. They are administered by hand, and in some cases, an adjusting instrument may be used.
Contact Metro Denver Accident & Injury Centers for Treatment
If you have recently been involved in an auto accident and suspect that you have received a concussion, our team at Metro Denver Accident & Injury Centers is here to help. If you live in or around Westminister, Lakewood, Aurora, Centennial, call us today at (303) 457-4570 to schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors.