If you have neck pain, you shouldn’t ignore it. Without treatment, the issue could become worse. In particular, if you have been in a car accident, feelings of pain or numbness can indicate more serious issues. A chiropractor can help you treat that issue and refer you to a doctor as needed. Before your appointment, you may want to review these tips. They can help you make the most of your time with the chiropractor.
Notes on Your Condition
So that the chiropractor can give you the best care possible, you may want to make some notes about your condition. In the days or weeks leading up to your appointment, note when you feel the most pain. Do you tend to feel pain constantly? When sitting in a certain position? After exercising?
The more information you can give your chiropractor, the better. They can make a more accurate diagnosis of your condition if you have details about what’s been going on. If you’ve been in a car accident, make sure that you tell the chiropractor about that and how it impacted your pain levels.
Also track where the pain goes. Does it radiate through your limbs? Does it start on one side of your body and move to the other? If you are treating the pain with ice or over-the-counter medications, also be ready to tell your chiropractor about that.
An Overview of the Appointment
If you’ve never been to a chiropractor, you may wonder what happens in a typical appointment. Generally, the chiropractor starts with a full muscular skeletal exam and some X-rays. Typically they may order an X-ray or imaging tests such as CT or MRI scans. The questions overlap the issues discussed above, and that’s why it’s helpful to come to your appointment armed with notes.
Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain
If the chiropractor thinks that you can benefit from treatment, they may do a cervical manipulation or neck adjustment. This is where the chiropractor applies a precise amount of pressure to your neck by hand. This helps to alleviate neck pain and restore motion to your body. Even though this may not be true for everybody, most chiropractors use gentle, low force chiropractic techniques.
Additional Treatment for Neck Pain
During the appointment, your chiropractor will help you figure out the next steps. Depending on your condition, you may need to see the chiropractor multiple times. Remember, they are making gentle adjustments to counteract years of repetitive movements or a traumatic injury.
In other cases, the chiropractor may recommend that you see a physician or a physical therapist. They will let you know your options so you can be an informed partner in your care.
Do you have neck pain?
Then, contact us today. At 1-800-WE-TREAT, we specialize in working with people with neck and back pain after a car accident. We can refer you to a chiropractor or a doctor as needed. We can also help you with legal services and compensation.