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Can a Car Accident Make Scoliosis Worse?

Scoliosis is not as rare of a condition as you might think. Many people struggle to live with their body on a daily basis and getting involved in a car accident can make things even worse. What could you do to help relieve the pain? The professionals at Impact Medical Port Richey will teach you about scoliosis and how to treat it.

Scoliosis Explained

So, what exactly is scoliosis? Although the specific causes are still unknown, many people can experience it right around their growth spurt before they fully reach the stages of puberty. Some doctors have speculated that degeneration in the spinal discs could be related, but the results are all more or less the same.

Basically, scoliosis is when the spine grows in an unnatural way which causes the curve of your back to have a sideways orientation. Misalignment of the spine can cause a domino effect of other body parts moving to areas where they’re not meant to go, thus leading to protrusions that are visible from the outside. While this could affect one’s self-esteem, some of the more concerning symptoms involve pain and numbness along with difficulties standing or walking.

Car Accidents and Scoliosis

For people who already experience scoliosis symptoms, getting into a car accident can greatly exacerbate the problem. This is because the spine is the most common target for an impact during a car crash. Even if the head and neck are the main areas of concern, those parts are directly connected to the spinal cord. It’s entirely possible to not know that you have scoliosis until you experience trauma to your body which will ignite the symptoms. In more extreme cases, the accident itself can be the direct cause of newly-developed scoliosis. Either way, it can take some time to start seeing the results of the accident’s effect on your body so it’s best to get checked immediately.

Treating Scoliosis with Chiropractic Care

The truth is there’s no official cure for scoliosis. However, there are ways to lessen the impact and relieve the pain. Some methods involve medication and surgery, but there are more natural options that are still incredibly effective such as chiropractic care. By regularly visiting a chiropractor, your body can be positioned to decrease some of the pressure that’s placed on your nervous system. Physical therapy can also assist in stretching out your body into a more natural state.

In general, both chiropractic care and physical therapy are recommended after an accident to:

  • Reduce inflammation in the tendons, ligaments, and muscles
  • Improve range of motion and flexibility
  • Regain lost strength in the muscles
  • Relieve migraines and headaches
  • Assist with trouble sleeping

Visit the Chiropractors at Impact Medical Port Richey

If you’re suffering from scoliosis, our skilled chiropractors and physical therapists can help relieve some of the pain and pressure. The techniques and technology we use are current and state-of-the-art. Call Impact Medical Port Richey at (727) 848-3377 to schedule your first appointment and begin your scoliosis treatment!