Many people know the importance of visiting a chiropractor after being in a car accident. Whether you've suffered a whiplash injury or a concussion, or have experienced some other trauma to one or more of your body's joints, an assessment, and subsequent adjustments can get your body feeling good again. What you might not know is that chiropractors can also be adept at treating scar tissue that results from being in a car accident. If you have scar tissue for any reason following your accident, it's time to schedule a chiropractic assessment.
Development Of Scar Tissue
Scar tissue grows around the point of an injury and can be an issue after a car accident for several reasons. Although car accidents are closely associated whiplash injuries, it's possible to get cut in different ways. For example, even though the glass in your car is tempered and designed not to inflict serious injuries, it can still cut your skin. More concerning is the larger buildups of scar tissue that can result from major trauma to a joint, especially if you've had surgery to correct it. For example, if you broke your arm in the accident and it needed to be surgically repaired, scar tissue will grow in the area.
Problems With Scar Tissue
When people think of scars, they think of something that is visible and often unsightly. For the most part, scar tissue is hidden below the surface and poses some problems. Because this type of tissue is thick and sinewy, it can restrict movement in the area. For example, scar tissue around your shoulder as a result of an injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident may limit the mobility of this joint in the future. For example, if you've had the joint repaired, the scar tissue around it may prevent you from enjoying a full range of motion.
How Chiropractors Help
While chiropractors adjust joints, they don't specifically adjust areas of scar tissue. Rather, many chiropractors will rely on a method called the Graston technique. Using a curved metal implement that they skillfully pass over the area above the scar tissue, the chiropractor can break up some of the restrictions that the scar tissue is causing. You may need multiple chiropractic visits for Graston technique therapy in the wake of a car accident, but you'll soon be able to notice a difference in how your body feels because of this therapy.
For more information, contact your local auto injury expert.