Research shows that chiropractic care after a work injury lessens recovery time. It also reduces the need to stay in hospitals. Moreover, chiropractic care is much more affordable than traditional medical treatment.
After a work injury, the goal is to treat the pain and get you back to your daily routine as soon as possible without harm. Chiropractors play a vital role in helping you reach these ends.
Chiropractors work to restore your spine's function. That allows your body's soft tissues to heal and become painless. No matter the type of work injury, chiropractic care will almost always be helpful.
Chiropractors use massage therapy, spinal adjustments, and therapeutic exercises to treat pain. Their techniques help reduce pain in your spine, muscles, and joints and help the body heal naturally.
The goal of chiropractic care is to realign your musculoskeletal system. It also gets your joints working again and decompresses the nerves. To add to that, it helps muscles recover with minimal discomfort.
Here is how chiropractic care helps recovery.
When relieving pain, chiropractors address it from the source. They restore your spine’s natural balance with spinal adjustments to kick-start recovery. That not only boosts your body’s natural healing abilities. It also reduces your reliance on painkillers.
Your chiropractor applies gentle pressure to readjust your spine during spinal adjustment. Once your spine is rightly aligned, your muscles relax, and the painful strain on your nerves eases.
Head and neck injuries may trigger splitting headaches that continue for days. Aligning the cervical spine and loosening your muscles with chiropractic care relieves post-injury head pain.
Massage therapy and other chiropractic treatments loosen stiff muscles and soft tissue. They work to encourage healing and fragment scar tissue that can increase pain.
Once your chiropractor aligns your spinal column and joints and relaxes your muscles, ligaments, and tendons, you will move your body much more easily. These treatments help relieve swelling, another factor that causes pain and body stiffness.
When you get injured, your body releases white blood cells to the injury to cure it. But some wounds can hinder blood flow. After chiropractic care restores your usual blood flow, healing tends to occur much faster.
Because chiropractic care focuses on the source of pain, the injury recovers faster and leaves fewer lingering symptoms. Pain from injuries tends to spread wide if the source remains unaddressed.
Generally, your chiropractor may tell you to stop treatment if your pain increases rather than decrease. It is not unusual to feel mild pain for the first 24 or 48 hours after your first spinal manipulation. But if the discomfort continues beyond that, you may need to stop and reevaluate the treatment.
Also, if your condition does not improve within two to four weeks of chiropractic care, your doctor may need to review your diagnosis or recommend other treatments. More importantly, you should stop chiropractic care if your symptoms resolve. You can stop treatment as soon as you recover fully.
For more on why you should see a chiropractor after a work injury, visit Dr. Dan Kirschner Chiropractic at our office in Arcadia or Sarasota, Florida. Call (863) 494-7110 or (941) 214-6150 to book an appointment today.