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Jan 31, 2024

How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help Those Injured In Motor Vehicle Accidents

The Risk

Motor vehicle accidents in South Carolina are unfortunately a common occurrence. In 2021, the most recent year that official data is available, there were 147,724 motor vehicle accidents in the state of South Carolina. Of that number, there were 53,596 people who were injured in motor vehicle accidents in South Carolina that year – meaning that, on average, 147 people were injured in a motor vehicle accident in South Carolina every day. 

How We Can Help

Many of those people suffered injuries to their neck, mid-back, and/or low back – also known as the cervical, thoracic, and/or lumbar spine. Sprains or strains to those regions of the spine can benefit greatly from spinal manipulation and other therapies designed to provide relief to back and neck pain from motor vehicle accidents. This type of treatment is designed to achieve gradual improvement for motor vehicle accident victims to help get them back to their pre-accident level of mobility and function, and it can require between 8-12 weeks of treatment to get a motor vehicle accident victim back to where they were before the accident, or at least as close as possible. This is referred to as maximum medical improvement – the point at which the patient is as well as he or she is going to get following the injury. 

What To Do If You’ve Been in an Accident

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is imperative that you receive medical treatment right away. As soon as possible after the accident, you should get checked out at the emergency room, where they can rapidly perform diagnostic imaging and confirm that you have not suffered a serious injury that requires immediate medical intervention. If you are still suffering from neck, back, hip, or other muscular pains in the days after the accident, you could greatly benefit from chiropractic treatment, which can help reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and help you restore your mobility and range of motion.

Don’t Wait, Seek Help Now

However, it is critically important that you seek chiropractic treatment as soon as you can after that initial visit to an emergency room to avoid delays or gaps in treatment. If the accident was the other driver’s fault, you should also seek the advice of a personal injury attorney who can help provide guidance for you to navigate the liability insurance claims process and also help you make the other driver’s insurance coverage pay for your medical treatment, including any chiropractic treatment you might need as a result of the accident.