If you’ve been the victim of an accident, whether it is an auto accident, a slip and fall accident, or a workplace accident, it is highly recommended that you visit a chiropractor as soon as possible after the accident. While you’ll definitely need to visit the emergency room if you’ve suffered any severe/life-threatening injuries, some types of injuries require the skilled hands of a chiropractor.
What you may not realize is that even a minor accident can lead to hidden injuries such as soft tissue injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, and whiplash. If not properly addressed and in a timely manner, such injuries can lead to chronic pain and other long-term complications. Certain injuries can take days, weeks, and even months to manifest painful symptoms.
A chiropractor will be able to examine you and determine whether you’ve suffered any underlying injuries such as whiplash and musculoskeletal injuries early on and recommend a well-tailored treatment plan for your injuries. Our Atlanta chiropractic services are a more affordable and less invasive alternative to traditional medical treatments. Essentially, it helps to eliminate the need for side-effect ridden pain relief medications or complicated surgical procedures.
If you are in need of chiropractic care in Atlanta, our team of experienced doctors at HURT 911 Injury Centers has the perfect solution for you. Using the latest and most advanced chiropractic techniques, we will help treat your injuries, alleviate your pain, restore mobility and prevent any hidden injuries from developing into a more serious condition. Call our Atlanta injury center today at 855-475-2588 for a full-body examination and proper diagnosis of your injuries.
Chiropractic Adjustment Has Been Proven to Help Patients Manage Pain
As opposed to pain relief medications, which only temporarily hide painful symptoms, chiropractic care is aimed at addressing the underlying cause of the problem thus ensuring long-term pain relief. While surgery is always an option, few people want to deal with the costs and complications associated with invasive procedures.
Chiropractic care is considered a safer and more effective mode of treatment for chronic pain and discomfort resulting from an injury. Chiropractic adjustment has been found to be particularly effective in treating headaches, neck pain, and lower back pain. The belief is that spinal manipulation and alignment helps to reduce pressure on the central nervous system. In addition, chiropractic adjustments help to reduce chronic inflammation, which is responsible for causing pain and body aches.
According to one study, 50% of individuals who underwent chiropractic adjustments saw a significant reduction in the intensity of headache pain while 25% of the respondents saw a 90% drop in the frequency of headache attacks.
One British study found that patients suffering from neck pain who underwent chiropractic adjustments had a faster recovery time than those who received treatment from general practitioners. Another study found that more than 60% of patients who were suffering from back pain saw more significant improvements from chiropractic adjustments than those under general practitioners’ care.
Techniques We Use in Our Atlanta Chiropractic Services
We use the following adjustment techniques as part of our Atlanta chiropractic services.
The diversified technique is perhaps the most commonly used technique when providing chiropractic care in Atlanta. It is aimed at restoring proper spinal alignment and proper movement by manually applying pressure to the affected vertebral segment. This is done through a range of chiropractic adjustments, thus the name. These adjustments generally involve the delivery of quick and short hands-on thrusts to the affected joints at a precise speed, angle, direction, and depth.
It is considered a highly safe and effective technique for pain and stiffness relief.
The side posture technique, also known as the Lumbar Roll, is another commonly practiced chiropractic adjustment technique. It involves the patient lying on one side on a chiropractic table with one knee bent with the chiropractor applying a quick and precise manipulative thrust to the affected vertebrae to restore proper alignment.
Seated Diversified Technique
In this technique, rather than having the patient lay on a chiropractic table, they are usually seated on a chair with the chiropractor standing beside them. The adjustments or manipulation done in this technique are focused on the cervical spine (the neck area). The chiropractor uses their fingers and motion palpations to identify misalignments and locked/restricted joints.
The chiropractor then applies a quick but gentle thrust to each side of the neck to unlock the joints and restore proper alignment.
The benefit of this technique is that it helps to keep the patient calm and relaxed and also gives the chiropractor more control over the patient.
Thompson Drop-Table Technique
This type of chiropractic adjustment technique is a full spine adjustment technique that focuses on delivering high-velocity, low amplitude, and low force adjustments. It involves the use of a specially designed table that has padded segments known as drop pieces.
These drop pieces are usually raised up and drop a fraction of an inch when the chiropractor applies a quick thrust for spinal manipulation. The dropping motion of these segments allows for the delivery of a low amount of force making it more comfortable for the patient.
The knee-chest chiropractic adjustment technique is aimed at restoring the proper alignment of the upper cervical spine (neck vertebrae) to ensure the proper functioning of the entire spinal cord. When the upper cervical spine is misaligned, it can lead to pain and reduced energy levels. The knee-chest adjustment technique seeks to rectify this.
This technique involves the patient kneeling on a padded cushion with their chest rested on a special adjustment table. The chiropractor then positions the patient’s head at an exact angle to the side and delivers a quick and gentle thrust to the precise area at the base of the skull, thus restoring the upper cervical spine to its correct position.
The patient might hear a popping sound and experience relief immediately. The patient will remain in this position for a short period of time to allow for the adjustment to set.
This chiropractic adjustment technique involves the manipulation of the joints of the extremities. These are joints other than those of the spine and they include elbows, wrists, hands, shoulders, hip, feet, ankles, and toes. The extremity manipulation chiropractic technique is aimed at restoring the mobility of the joints, relaxing tight muscles, improving coordination, and alleviating pain.
This technique is commonly used to treat posture-related issues, gait, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
The toggle recoil chiropractic adjustment technique is aimed at correcting a partially misaligned segment of the upper cervical spine and it is sought after by patients who want a much gentler approach to spinal adjustment. This technique involves the chiropractor delivering a quick yet very light thrust to the affected area and quickly removing their hands from the contact point. Chiropractic adjustments to the upper cervical spine have been found to be effective in treating a variety of symptoms.
This chiropractic adjustment technique makes use of a hand-held tool known as the Activator. This device is spring loaded and is able to deliver a lighter and quicker thrust than can be delivered by hand. If you aren’t comfortable with adjustments done manually by hand, then this technique is ideal for you. This technique has been found to be as effective as the traditional or diversified adjustment techniques provided that it is done by a chiropractor who is specialised in this technique.
Sacral-Occipital Technique (SOT)
The sacro-occipital technique uses body indicators to determine any skeletal, visceral, neurological, and cranial malfunctions. Besides spinal adjustments, it is aimed at correcting the pelvis, extremities, cranium, and body organs. Our chiropractors look for various signs and signals to determine when and where to adjust.
You should note that your back and upper thigh muscles as well as all the muscles responsible for maintaining balance within your neck and shoulders are all connected to the pelvis. In addition, your internal organs are supported by ligaments connected to the spine and pelvis. Thus, to ensure the proper functioning of the nervous system, the pelvis needs to be well balanced.
This technique involves placing triangular-shaped blocks beneath the pelvis and using the patient’s weight and breathing to restore the balance and position of the pelvic bones, while the chiropractor delivers light and precise adjustments to promote optimal nerve function.
Injuries and Conditions We Treat
If you are suffering from any of the following injuries or conditions, our doctors can provide the relief you need:
- Back and spinal injuries, including lower back pain
- Neck injuries, including neck pain and whiplash
- Herniated discs
- Soft tissue injuries like muscle strains and sprains
- Headaches and migraines
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
What Should I Expect From a Chiropractic Adjustment?
If it is your first time seeking chiropractic care in Atlanta, you might be understandably nervous and confused as to what to expect. Hopefully, this section will help put your mind at ease. Here, we will discuss what a first visit to the chiropractor’s office typically entails and what to expect after the chiropractic adjustment.
The first thing to expect during your visit to the chiropractor is an intake consultation. Your chiropractor will ask you questions relating to your health history, the area where you are feeling the pain, the severity of the pain, if you have any other symptoms, etc. The information you provide will help the chiropractor determine the cause and severity of your condition.
Your chiropractor will then carry out a standard physical exam followed up with a close examination of your spine, giving special focus to the problematic areas. The chiropractor will examine the entirety of your spine given that misalignments and subluxations in one area of the spine might result in secondary irritations in another area of the spine.
The physical exam will typically involve testing range of motion, reflexes, palpations, conducting muscle strength comparisons, and neurological and orthopedic tests.
Depending on your unique condition, the chiropractor will develop a well-tailored treatment plan based on the extet of the injury, the condition of your spine, and your general health.
If you get an adjustment on your first visit, for example, when seeking pain relief, you should expect a quick and painless procedure lasting anywhere from 10-30 minutes. The adjustments involve manipulating the spine or other joints of the body (if necessary) using precise force, speed, amplitude, and at a precise angle.
While the procedure is painless, you might experience some soreness the next day as the body adapts to its correct spinal alignment.
We Also Offer Physiotherapy Services
Our Atlanta chiropractic services are only one part of our treatment options. We also offer physiotherapy treatments, including:
If you are dealing with a neck injury, you can be put under rehabilitative therapy. This type of physical injury is aimed at strengthening the neck muscles so as to restore mobility. This is achieved through a series of special exercises that help train your body to maintain balance and stability. Rehabilitative therapy helps you restore muscle functionality at your own pace.
Massage therapy is geared towards treating muscle pain, tension, and spasms. It offers a natural treatment alternative to musculoskeletal pain. Our licensed massage therapists will carefully assess your condition and injury and employ the most effective massage techniques to provide relief from pain and stress. Massage therapy offers a wide range of benefits including improved blood circulation, muscle relaxation, reduced swelling, and relief from muscle pain and spasms.
Stretching and Strengthening Therapy
Stretching and strengthening exercises are geared towards strengthening the muscles in your back, thus providing relief from chronic lower back pain and treating different kinds of spinal injuries.
During the initial consultation, our physicians will examine your body and conduct various tests to determine the most appropriate exercises to be included in your treatment plan.
After receiving initial chiropractic adjustments, you might need corrective care to deal with pain as well as other negative symptoms. Our physicians will monitor your condition throughout the course of your treatment plan and recommend corrective care exercises to help restore your body to its optimal condition.
This form of therapy uses sound waves beyond the range of human hearing to interact with damaged tissues and facilitate quick healing and regeneration. It also helps to provide relief from chronic muscle pain. Ultrasound therapy is commonly used in areas such as the neck, lower back, shoulders, knees, and thighs.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (E-STIM) Therapy
E-STIM is commonly used to treat chronic pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms. This form of therapy makes use of a special device that sends tiny electric pulses throughout the body with the aim of fastening muscle repair. E-STIM therapy is ideal for patients who involuntarily contract their muscles, particularly those injured from performing repetitive tasks at work. This form of physical therapy has been found to be effective in treating a wide range of injuries.
Get the Best Chiropractic Care in Atlanta
If you’ve been dealing with pain and discomfort after an injury, you should definitely consider seeking chiropractic care. Chiropractors are specially trained professionals who specialize in the manipulation and alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, more specifically the spine, to provide pain relief and unlock the body’s natural healing abilities.
Our chiropractors at Hurt 911 Injury Centers have years of experience helping victims of auto accidents to speed up their recovery and restore their lives. We provide the best Atlanta chiropractic services along with physiotherapy.
If you are also looking to pursue legal action against the negligent party responsible for your injuries, we can help connect you to a reliable and highly experienced personal injury lawyer and provide you with the evidence and medical documentation you need to help prove your claim. Call us today at 855-475-2588 to schedule an appointment.