Being involved in a car accident can be very traumatic without the added stress of injury. You may not have any obvious injuries such as cuts or bruises, however, it is quite possible you have suffered trauma to your head, neck, back or shoulders, the most common injury, of course, being whiplash.
Dealing with Back Pain After an Automobile Accident
If you have been involved in a minor car accident and you are experiencing pain it is essential to seek medical advice. Do not be fooled by the severity, or lack thereof, of the crash. You could still be suffering serious injuries.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash hyperextends the neck during impact which injures the tissues and muscles surrounding the spine. This impact will be from a sudden jolt backwards, immediately followed by a sudden jolt forwards. If you are experiencing back pain, whiplash is likely the cause and will need treatment as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage.
If you have sustained an injury from a car accident it may be difficult to think straight, however it is extremely important to seek help and advice regarding any pain you may be feeling. This will allow you to prevent further damage and understand what you have in store in terms of recovery and rehabilitation.
What are the Back Pain Treatment Options Available?
You may be wondering what your options are in terms of back pain treatment and recovery from whiplash. The recovery period will vary greatly, however in most cases the injury will have healed within six weeks. Unfortunately, there are some cases where pain has continued for years after an accident.
Regarding treatment, it is assumed that you would like to try and avoid toxic opioids and narcotic painkillers whenever possible. There are many natural treatment options available to you prior to giving in and trying medication.
Acupuncture is used worldwide to significantly reduce chronic pain. Acupuncture involves inserting extremely thin needles into the skin at specific ‘acupoints’.
This can ease the pain by releasing endorphins and stimulating the body’s natural healing response. Using acupuncture can strengthen your body to eventually recover from your injury.
There are many herbal remedies to help the body recover from various ailments such as back pain following a car accident. A combination of herbal supplements can be advised to suit your individual injury, these supplements will not conflict with pain medication.
Injection therapy is performed by naturopathic practitioners and consists of natural substances being injected into the patients to give them a healing boost. The substances used can help you manage pain, reduce swelling and increase overall wellbeing. The different injection therapies available are:
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Ice is a good option if you are looking to reduce pain and swelling as soon as possible following your accident. Wrap the ice in a towel and compress on the affected area for 15 minutes every three to four hours for two to three days.
Adding Support with a Brace
Your doctor may suggest you need added support initially. In such cases a neck brace may be recommended, however, they are not advised long termly as they can weaken the muscles.
Recovering From a Back Injury After a Car Accident
It is safe to say that if you have sustained a back injury as a result of a car accident that you are most likely suffering from pain and, potentially, emotional distress. Natural therapies are a great option for an overall positive sense of wellbeing.
By choosing naturopathic options as your first choice for back pain treatment, you do not run the risk of the side effects and reliability of painkillers. Give your body the chance to heal naturally and holistically following your traumatic experience.
It is important to allow time and patience for your recovery which of course can be very frustrating. Listen to your body and the advice of your care provider and you will be back to your usual daily activities in no time.