A motor vehicle accident can be an unpleasant event in the life of the driver, passenger, pedestrian, motorcyclist, initiator, or recipient. Depending on the location of the collision, speed of all vehicles, position of passengers, and many more factors determine the effect a motor vehicle accident plays on the bodies of all involved. Common symptoms experienced following a wreck include:
- Neck ache
- Back ache
- Chest pain due to seat belt
- Lap belt injury
- Broken/Fractured bones
Acupuncture has been shown to help with many of these symptoms for many years. Luckily, many auto insurance policies cover acupuncture services for personal injury claims. Many personal injury attorneys recognize acupuncture as an effective treatment for their motor vehicle accident clients.
How Acupuncture has Helped Patients after a Motor Vehicle Accident
Acupuncture has been shown to help reduce inflammation in soft tissue, such as muscle and connective tissue, which in turn reduces pain. Likewise, promotion of circulation and tissue healing takes place, improving patient comfort and a more rapid recovery from the injury.
Once the adrenaline after a motor vehicle accident diminishes, pain and discomfort can be felt. Therefore, the earlier the treatment the better. The longer the condition is present without receiving aid, the greater chance it has of becoming chronic. Over time, if certain types of injuries are not addressed, degenerative changes can occur and pathologic responses such as chronic inflammation or neuropathic pain can arise.
Injuries caused by a motor vehicle accident can lead to strength loss and skeletal structure issues. The body will compensate for the injury and place stress on different parts of the body. Chronic conditions have been shown to decrease in severity with acupuncture. However, its better to address the issue while it is still fresh to avoid permanent loss of function
Unresolved injuries can lead to strength loss and mechanical imbalances, placing new stresses on other areas of the body to compensate for the injury. Eventually, structural damage and functional impairments can occur throughout the body. Such chronic conditions can still be helped, but will require longer treatment and may not be fully reversible.
Treatment for Motor Vehicle Accidents
Acupuncture, as well as chiropractic, cold laser therapy, and other modalities help break patients out of the pain and inflammation cycle. With decreased muscle spasms and tension, pain decreases and recovery occurs.
Have you been in a motor vehicle accident and not received relief from your pain? Contact our Friendswood office to see if acupuncture can help. We provide complementary and alternative medicine services from chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, neurological rehabilitation, and more.