The sound of brakes squealing behind you can be a perilous sound that no one wants to hear. You have been rear ended, and are now a victim of someone else’s carelessness. Car accidents in Denver happen like this everyday. We have the third worst traffic in the country, and with heavy traffic, rear end type collisions are common.

Unfortunately, not everyone will completely recover from their injuries sustained. Whiplash, or cervical acceleration deceleration syndrome, is one of the most common injuries that occur to the human body. Injuries can take a very long time to heal if they are not treated by a professional. This blog article has been written for the people that have been in an auto accident and are seeking help for their pain.

You have plenty of options when it comes to seeking care, and depending on the extent an severity of your injuries, will somewhat dictate what type of professional you see. Usually, the auto accident victim will be transported to the emergency room. If there is no serious, or red flag type of injuries, you will be discharged with some home instructions on icing, and given some pills to help with pain and muscle spasms.

As a Denver chiropractor, many people have come to my office seeking help from auto injuries. As far as treatment goes, there are plenty of options which I would like to list.

Treatment options for car accident injuries:

1. Chiropractic manipulative therapy
2. Electrotherapy
3. Ultrasound
4. Cold laser
5. Kinesiotaping
6. Traction
7. Exercise
8. Moist Heat
9. Ice
10. Supplements
11. Bracing
12. Trigger Point Therapy
13. Graston Technique
14. Muscle Energy Techniques
15. Topical Analgesics
16. Pelvic Blocking
17. Mechanical or manual massage
18. Nutrition
19. Spine sparring strategies
20. Acupuncture
21. Active Release Technique or other similar forms
22. Surgery
23. Pharmaceuticals
24. Topical Analgesics
25. Wait and watch

As you see, there are plenty of options, but I would highly recommend you to avoid the wait and watch method. Rarely, do people get better by doing nothing. I see first hand when patients get done with treatments here at Denver Chiropractic, LLC, that improvement is instant and noticeable.

As you have noticed, I’m a bit biased towards chiropractic in the list. This is not because I think chiropractors are the only ones to heal patients involved in car crashes. Car accident victims have serious injuries, and there is no magic cure, or silver bullet to healing. Most of the times, you will get care from several specialists, but what makes the chiropractor unique is our training in spinal and extremity manipulation.

Chiropractors have a minimal of 7-8 years of school behind their name. I went to school for ten years, and have three degrees. All chiropractors are doctors of chiropractic (DC). We are well trained in being able to diagnose conditions with the joints, nerves, muscle, and associated tissues.

Chiropractic manipulative therapy is not suited for everyone, and the chiropractor does a great job of selecting who gets manipulative therapy and who does not get manipulative therapy. Auto accidents usually produce damage to multiple types of tissues in the human body. In particular, the muscles will spasm, which create misalignments in the spine. No one is better suited to treat the misalignments, or as we say, subluxations.

Another reason to seek the help of a chiropractor is because many of us have additional and special training in handling auto accidents. Auto accidents are unique, because you are dealing with auto insurance companies, courts, potentially a car accident lawyer, and jurors. The level of documentation and the quality of documentation increase almost exponentially with these types of cases.

In summary, get help, and if you are not getting better, seek the help of another professional or ask for a referral.

I wish you well, and a speedy recovery.

Dr. Trent Artichoker MS, DC

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211