After an auto injury, it's typical for people to wait to get treatment. A lot of people think, "I'll just wait to see how I feel next week." This mindset can be a mistake.
A variety of scientific studies have found that when a patient gets early treatment after a wreck, they have a better outcome than those patients who wait to get care.
During a crash, the structures of your neck can be stretched or damaged. You might not feel pain right away. But as the tissues become swollen and inflamed, patients often wake up the next day tender and with a stiff neck.
Soreness and stiffness are indicators of trauma to the ligaments and muscles of your neck. The human body's reaction to injury is to restrict motion and to repair the injury by directing white blood cells to the region. Your body will then start repairing the injured area by laying down scar tissue.
The problem with scar tissue is that each segment in your neck has a comparatively restricted range of motion. Scar tissue decreases that motion even more, and if you don't receive proper treatment, that can result in permanently limited flexibility, persistent pain, and even spinal deterioration of the joints.
Getting prompt chiropractic care will break up this pattern by increasing motion in the damaged area and by preventing the development of scar tissue. If you've been in a wreck, it's critical that you contact a health care professional right away to be examined and to start the process of healing.
If you've been in a car crash, Dr. Hitchcock is here in Athens, GA to help. We can work to identify the underlying source of your pain and develop a plan of action to help you restore your health. We've helped many patients in Athens, GA recover from these sorts of problems since and we might be able to help you, too!
Call our office today at (706) 353-8032 for an appointment or for more information.