Auto Injury Chiropractor
Family Chiropractic of Athens offers effective relief from auto injuries for patients in Athens, GA.
If you've been hurt in an auto accident, you may think it is best to take a "wait and see" approach, hoping that the aches and pains will go away untreated. However, research shows that this type of delay is a mistake. Waiting out your injury significantly increases your risk of developing chronic symptoms, in addition to complicating your auto injury claim through insurance and legal proceedings.
Visiting a chiropractor as soon as possible after an auto collision gives you the advantage of improving your recovery outcome, in addition to helping with the insurance compensation process. At Family Chiropractic of Athens, our chiropractor specializes in auto injuries. We can determine the extent and nature of your auto injuries, develop a multi-faceted treatment plan, and document evidence that can be used for your auto injury claim.
If you've been hurt in a car accident, call us today to schedule an appointment with our expert chiropractor, Dr. Hitchcock.
Some of the most common injuries we treat include:
Auto Injury Neck Pain and Whiplash
If an auto collision has left you with soreness and stiffness in your neck, you're not alone. These symptoms are the most common after an auto accident. In fact, neck pain is found in up to 90% of auto injury patients.
In a crash, inertia causes your body to move backwards with the seat, while your head remains forward. This difference in movement between your body and head can cause stretching and tearing of ligaments and discs of the cervical spine, the section of spine located in the neck.
Research shows that chiropractors can effectively prevent the buildup of scar tissue and improve neck range of motion in patients with whiplash and neck pain after an auto accident. Dr. Barry Hitchcock at Family Chiropractic of Athens will gently heal your neck injury to ease pain and prevent chronic symptoms.
Headache After Auto Collision
The majority of auto injury patients experience headaches, and there are many possible reasons. The most common type of headache after a car accident is cervicogenic headache, which is caused by irritation of the nerves in the cervical spine. Many patients suffer from tension headaches after a crash, likely caused by muscle spasms. Others find that their migraine symptoms are exacerbated after an auto accident.
Because headache can also be a sign of brain injury or vascular injury, it is crucial to be assessed if you suffer headache after auto injury. Research supports the effectiveness of chiropractic for reducing the frequency and severity of headache. At Family Chiropractic of Athens, we can determine the source of your headache and help you get out of pain.
Auto Injury Back Pain
Back pain is another auto injury we commonly treat. Especially in rear-end collisions, your car seat can rapidly compress your lumbar spine. This injures your nerves and ligaments in your back, causing tissue damage, nerve injury, inflammation, and pain. At Family Chiropractic of Athens, we use proven chiropractic treatments to heal this damage and ease back pain, as well as prevent debilitating chronic back pain in the future.
Auto Injury Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain after a collision can be caused by a direct trauma during the crash or nerve irritation that radiates to the shoulder. Dr. Barry Hitchcock can evaluate the source of your shoulder pain and design a treatment plan to heal it.
Auto Injury Jaw Pain
Some of our patients also experience jaw pain and disability after a crash, even if their jaw was not injured in the collision. This is because whiplash can cause delayed jaw symptoms and temporomandibular joint disorders due to central sensitization. If you have jaw pain following an auto injury, we can help. We treat the root of jaw pain for lasting pain relief and increased function in the jaw.
If you have been in a crash, whether you're suffering from whiplash, headache, or musculoskeletal pain (or a combination of symptoms), turn to Dr. Barry Hitchcock for effective and long-lasting relief. We work to get you out of pain and support your efforts to be compensated for your injuries. Call Family Chiropractic of Athens today at (706) 353-8032.