Auto Accident Injury Treatment
Are you looking for non-invasive treatment options for your auto accident injuries in Bloomington, MN? Dr. Rod Opferkew treats many different types of car accident injuries, including whiplash, sprains, strains, as well as back, neck, and joint injuries that can result from low speed, rear-end collisions, often referred to as fender benders.
Understanding How Car Accident Injuries Occur
Most car accidents are considered fender benders, which occur at low speeds and usually damage only the fender of the vehicles. They can occur in driveways, parking lots, or at stop signs and stop lights, and are often due to driver distraction. Unfortunately, just because the accident didn’t severely damage your vehicle or result in any immediately noticeable injuries does not mean that you are not injured.
Many low-speed accidents cause headaches, and arm, leg, neck, or back pain many hours after the accident, usually between 24 and 72 hours after the collision. When you are in a car accident, your body is thrown back and forth between your seat belt and seat. This can cause severe sprains and strains in your neck and back. If you were holding onto the steering wheel at the time of impact, you may have wrist injuries, and if you slide forward in the seat, your knees can impact the dash or door. Your seat belt can also cause shoulder injuries in the shoulder held in place by the seat belt. Since many of these injuries can cause few if any immediate symptoms, our chiropractor Dr. Rod Opferkew always recommends getting evaluated within 72 hours of your crash.
Types of Car Accident Injuries Treated by Chiropractic Care
Dr. Rod Opferkew treats all types of joint, back, and neck injuries from car accidents that result in headaches, back, neck as well as arm and leg pain.
- Herniated Discs
- Sprains and Strains
- Shoulder Injuries
- Knee Injuries
- Wrist Injuries
Symptoms of a Car Accident Injury
During the hours and first few days after your auto accident, you may notice some neck, back, or joint stiffness as well as a mild to moderate headache. At first, these symptoms may not be severe, but as the days progress, you may notice an increase in these symptoms. Common symptoms of a car accident injury include:
- Arm and Leg Pain
- Back Pain and Stiffness
- Moderate to Severe Headaches
- Neck Pain and Stiffness
- Pain in the Upper Back
Auto Accident Treatments at Riverview Spine Health and Injury Care in Bloomington, MN
Our chiropractor Dr. Rod Opferkew at Riverview Spine Health and Injury Care in Bloomington, MN offers several different non-invasive and natural treatment options that may help reduce your pain and stiffness and decrease your car accident injury recovery time.
Spinal and Extremity Joint Adjustments
Manual and instrument chiropractic adjustments on the spine and extremity joints helps ensure they are properly aligned, maximizes range of motion of the joint, and increases blood flow to the surrounding area while reducing inflammation. Chiropractic adjustments are beneficial in treating herniated discs, whiplash, and joint injuries in the back, neck, arms, and legs.
Corrective Exercises and Stretches
When you injure a part of your body, the muscles can become weak and joints and muscles can lose their flexibility and range of motion. Targeted corrective exercises and stretches can help increase strength, endurance and range of motion of the injured parts of your body.
Massage Therapy for Healing and Pain Reduction
Massage therapy is extremely beneficial in reducing arm and leg pain, back and neck pain, and headaches that are the result of a car accident. Kneading and massaging the muscles helps improve blood flow and reduce lactic acid buildup while helping to diminish tight and sore spots in the soft tissues of the body. When massage therapy is utilized prior to a chiropractic adjustment, the adjustment lasts longer, which gives your body more time to heal. When massage therapy is utilized after corrective exercises, it can reduce muscle recovery time.
To schedule your chiropractic care appointment in Bloomington, MN for your auto accident injuries, give us a call at 952-884-1507.