How Can I Recover From An Injury Or An Accident?
Have you been in an accident or suffered from an injury? If you have, then you know that accidents and injuries can change your entire life—even if it’s subtle, it can be enough to negatively affect your daily experience. Injuries typically happen unexpectedly: no one plans to fall off a ladder, slip, trip, or otherwise become injured. Also serious are car accidents, another unplanned event that can lead to serious negative health consequences. If you’ve been wondering, “how can I recover from an injury or an accident?” then read on to learn about what your options are and how we at North Alabama Spine & Rehab can help you.
“I hurt myself and now I’m worried.”
Have you been injured and are now worried about the lingering effects of the injury? This is a completely normal fear. Injuries change the way your body functions, and as a result, you might begin to notice impairments and difficulties with certain activities that you never noticed before. Here are some common examples of changes in the body that can happen after an injury, leaving the person feeling out of sorts and not like themself:
Neck pain after a car accident.
One of the most common types of injuries that occurs after a car accident is whiplash. Whiplash is when the neck and head are whipped forward and backward during the impact of an accident. When this happens, the head is typically thrown toward the chest and then slammed against the headrest. This usually happens very quickly, which makes the speed of the entire movement very fast and rough.
Later, people who have suffered through whiplash often begin to feel lingering neck pain. This pain can turn into headaches, migraines, and chronic back pain. The solution for this lies in the neuro-musculoskeletal system. The neuro-musculoskeletal system is what chiropractors treat, and it’s the system that you can expect to have treated here at North Alabama Spine & Rehab.
Can chiropractic care treat neck pain?
Yes. Chiropractic care focuses on the neuro-musculoskeletal system, which is the system of the body that usually causes neck pain when it is out of balance. In order to correct the imbalances in the neuro-musculoskeletal system, chiropractors use adjustments, traction, and other special techniques that have been created especially for disorders of the joints, muscles, and nerves.
Back pain after tripping and falling.
Back pain after tripping and falling is extremely common. “Why back pain after a fall?” you may ask, since many falls involve falling forward onto the hands, knees, or side. The back can begin to hurt after a fall because spinal joints are moved as a result of the impact. Every time the body undergoes impact, it can move the bones and joints out of alignment.
When the bones and joints move out of alignment, all kinds of negative symptoms can result. The bones and joints are responsible for upholding the structure of the body, and when they move, the entire structure, including the nerves and muscles, is negatively affected. When joints are misplaced, they can rub against and irritate the surrounding nerves, which can cause sharp pain, dull pain, hot and cold sensations, and shooting pain.
Chiropractic is a wonderful way to address back pain because it allows your chiropractor to shift your bones and joints back toward proper alignment. Our patients have reported feeling immediate pain relief, which is often long-lasting because it treats pain at the source.
Sciatica after rigorous physical exercise or movement—or none.
Have you ever had a day of movement and physical exercise where you didn’t knowingly injure yourself but then felt shooting pain or numbness along your backside afterward? This may be because of sciatica, which is pain caused by inflammation of the sciatic nerve. When the sciatic nerve becomes inflamed, it can cause severe chronic pain.
“Why do I have sciatica when I didn’t do anything?” This a common question we receive because people want to know why they have sciatic pain without having exercised or moved throughout the day. Sciatica doesn’t necessarily arise from exercise and physical movement, although that can cause a flare-up. Sciatic pain can arise whenever the sciatic nerve is inflamed.
Since misaligned joints can inflame the sciatic nerve, movement and physical activity isn’t technically required to cause sciatic pain. In fact, sciatic pain frequently flares up from laying in bed or on a flat surface for prolonged periods—this is because the misaligned joints in the spine are pressing directly against the sciatic nerve.
Of course, it’s also possible to have a sciatica flare-up from lots of movement and physical activity.
Recovery Chiropractic in Huntsville & Decatur, AL
Here at North Alabama Spine & Rehab, we are recovery experts. Drs. Adam Shafran and Lauren Burgin employ both chiropractic and physical-therapy techniques to help each patient recover at a unique and healthy pace. At North Alabama Spine & Rehab, our emphasis is on helping you meet all of your wellness goals. Whether that means recovering from an accident and injury or simply becoming the healthiest you’ve ever been, we’re standing by to help you do it. Call us today to get started on your wellness journey