Auto Accident Injury Care from Your Downtown Toronto Chiropractor
About 200,000 people are injured each year in car accidents in Canada, and many of those accidents result in long-term symptoms that can be difficult to detect and evaluate in their early stages. That’s because many accidents - even “minor” fender-benders - tend to cause some amount of soft tissue and nerve damage in the back or neck, injuries that can take days or even weeks to show up. Having a chiropractic evaluation right after an accident ensures you get the treatment you need to help prevent long-term pain and other symptoms. Dr. Brian Dower is a leading chiropractor in Toronto, providing advanced, comprehensive car accident treatment tailored to each patient’s specific needs. If you’ve been in a car accident, here’s how he can help.
What to Do After an Auto Accident
If you’ve been in a car accident, the very first thing you should do is seek medical attention for any emergency medical needs you have. If you can, try to find an area near the scene that’s safe from oncoming traffic or other hazards, then call 9-1-1 for emergency help and police assistance. The police can provide an “official” record of the event, which is important for insurance claims, and they can help you get the information you need from the other driver, including their license number and insurance information.
At some point following your accident, you’ll need to call your insurance company and report your accident. And you should also schedule a chiropractic check-up with a chiropractor in Toronto, even if you don’t have any immediately apparent injuries from the accident, and even if the accident seems very minor. Why? Because often, the symptoms of a car accident injury can take awhile to show up, and if you don’t have a chiropractic exam right away, you might wind up being responsible for the costs of your care.
Why Auto Injuries May Not Be Apparent Immediately
Many auto accident injuries involve inflammation, and it can take some time before inflammation reaches a stage where it causes noticeable symptoms, like headaches and back pain or radiating pain in the arms and legs. Some of the most common car accident injuries include:
- Chronic headaches
- Low back pain
All of these issues have one thing in common: They arise from nerve impingements that develop when the impact from an accident can cause your vertebrae and discs to become misaligned, and without chiropractic care, your symptoms can potentially become much worse over time.
How a Chiropractor Can Help With Auto Accident Injuries
Chiropractors are skilled in assessing injuries involving the nerves and other tissues in and around the back and neck, using hands-on techniques to evaluate the spine and identify areas of inflammation and irritation, even in their earliest stages. Your chiropractor might order X-rays or other imaging studies to assess your injuries so you receive the most appropriate care based on your unique needs and symptoms. An effective car accident treatment plan focuses on treatments aimed at eliminating nerve impingements, reducing inflammation and promoting circulation and natural healing, and can include an array of techniques like chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, cold laser therapy, and acupressure. Plus, you’ll learn about therapeutic exercises you can perform at home to promote faster healing and more rapid relief of your symptoms. Your treatment plan will be designed just for you, so you can start feeling better right away.
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Brian Dower
If you’ve been in a car accident, having a chiropractic evaluation with our Downtown Toronto chiropractor, Dr. Brian Dower, is critically important for your health and wellness, both now and in the future. To make sure you receive the best treatment for your needs, call Dr. Dower at (416) 920-7275 and schedule your evaluation today.