Early intervention can make all the difference in the world when it comes to untreated car accident injuries.  Untreated car accident injuries can leave the joint capsule scarred and early onset of degenerative joint disease and/or arthritis can develop.  Chiropractors can play a role in diagnosis, treatment and recovery for the patient.  

A chiropractor will perform an assessment to determine proper treatment protocol for the patient with personal injury with the goal of restoring normal joint kinematics.  They will then target the damaged areas and create a treatment plan.  Often, scar tissue is present.  Breaking up scar tissue faster for the injured person sooner than later can reap many benefits.  Many clinical studies demonstrate that prompt chiropractic treatment after a car collision is correlated with far better outcomes than for patients who delayed getting help for their injuries. 

Breaking up scar tissue

Scar tissue can be broken up, and chiropractors can use a variety of techniques to accomplish this.  This is necessary to restore full movement or range of motion to their joint.  While some scar tissue will exist to mark a wound, the pliability and softness of that tissue can be treated.  Chiropractors have access to several techniques for breaking down the scar tissue.  Here are a few that may be included in the patient’s treatment plan.  

Graston Technique and Qua Sha– Using instrumentation, chiropractors can target the areas of thicker scar tissue and scrape it gently to break it down.  This technique can be useful for addressing scarring in soft tissue areas such as legs, neck and lower back.  

Therapeutic Massage– Many chiropractors will perform or refer for therapeutic massage.  This can be helpful for improving blood flow to the affected areas, thus improving pliability.  

Degenerative disk disease occurs from the natural process of aging, spinal cord trauma in a car accident can exacerbate this condition. Personal injury from a car accident can aggravate a preexisting condition, making the symptoms worse for the victim.  

Arthritis can be caused by an acute or repeating trauma to a joint or ligament.  If you have been in a car accident and you have an injured joint, you should ask your doctor about your chances of developing post traumatic arthritis.  If you do not investigate the likelihood of the development of post traumatic arthritis, you could be in danger of settling your case only to find out that years later you developed arthritis.   Studies show that joint injuries substantially increase with the risk of osteoarthritis, which further increased with the patient’s age at the time of injury, and with the time from the onset of the injury.  One study reported by Brown, et al, victims of car collision ranges from 20% to more than 50% of patients who had joint trauma developed osteoarthritis. 

Call our office today to seek professional help from Dr. Ward Wagner.  Our team will schedule a consultation and assessment of your injuries to help you avoid the onset of degenerative joint disease and arthritis.  Our goal is to restore normal joint kinematics and help you get back to living a healthy, active life. 

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