Question; I had an auto accident. The ER said I was ok. I didn’t feel too bad. My MD said that things would heal on their own. I still have pain and stiffness. Medications helps sometimes. Could it all have started from the auto accident?
When bones, joints and ligaments in the neck are shocked by an abrupt motion, they become stretched if not torn. It is true that the body will heal itself; however, it does so imperfectly. Frequently leading to pain, stiffness and reduced motion as time goes on. ER and medical doctors job is to determine if there is spinal cord damage or broken bones. A chiropractor’s job is to analyze your joints, ligaments, and muscles for damage. If there is joint, ligament and muscle damage, discomfort can linger or progress to more pain and stiffness. Another common scenario is that a problem can fester, progressing silently and painlessly, then for no apparent reason, months or years after the accident, the person will develop pain that we can trace back to the original accident. Pills, physical therapy & rest will not fix this type of injury. Many people end up in a chiropractors office before the problem is solved.