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An auto accident would be bad enough if all it wrecked was your car -- but even a low-speed impact can also wreak havoc on your own personal "vehicle," the human body. The intense forces generated and transferred by an auto collision can leave you with a variety of complaints, from the notorious neck pain of whiplash to the agonizing leg pain and lower back pain associated with sciatica. Perhaps even more disturbing is the fact that some musculoskeletal injuries display symptoms only later, causing you to delay the treatment you needed all along. The good news is that our chiropractor in Anchorage, Dr. M. Michael Michaud, can help you here at True Life Chiropractic.
If you see someone walking around in a neck brace, you might automatically assume that they've been in a car accident --and not without reason. Whiplash is a common result of such impacts because of the way the head (and of course the neck snap backward, forward and then backward again. This "whipping" motion strains the soft tissues ; it can also dislocate the cervical vertebrae and vertebral discs. This combination of injuries can cause not just a sore neck but also dizziness, vision/hearing problems, depression, sleeplessness, headaches, shoulder pain and arm pain (cervical radiculopathy).
Nor is the rest of your body is necessarily spared in an auto accident. If the unrestrained part of your trunk twists violently while the other part remains motionless, you can throw your thoracic spine and spinal discs out of alignment. If your lower back gets bumped forcefully enough, your lumbar discs may herniate, pushing against the sciatic nerve to cause sciatica pain and other symptoms.
One thing many people don't realize is that they need to schedule an immediate spinal screening following an auto accident whether they "feel injured" or not. That's because shock, adrenaline flow and other factors can delay the onset of symptoms in an auto accident injury. This is bad news, the longer you go without treatment for that lurking injury, the more time scar tissue has to form, and this can lead to serious chronic pain, stiffness and incomplete healing. Our chiropractor in Anchorage will administer a thorough spinal checkup to see whether you've sustained a misalignment, herniated disc or other auto accident injury.
Our natural, non-invasive treatments can do wonders for an auto accident injury. Chiropractic adjustments can un-pinch pinched nerves, relieving many of your whiplash and sciatica symptoms. Massage therapy can soothe strained muscles, relieving pain and increasing circulation in these tissues so they can heal themselves. Physical therapy can help weakened or damaged muscles regain their former capabilities, while our nutritional therapy can help you give your body the raw materials it needs to rebuild itself.
Don't let an auto accident injury keep you off the road. Call True Life Chiropractic at 907-646-2225 and schedule the care you need to get rolling again!
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