Winter Driving Means Accidents in Gallatin Valley

It’s that time of year here in the Gallatin Valley where the roads are slick and icy and you know what that means!  CAR ACCIDENTS!  Even the most aware and attentive driver is at risk of underestimating the road conditions and causing an accident.  Did you know that accidents that occur as slow as 5 miles per hour can cause whiplash symptoms? And those symptoms can take several days to weeks to fully manifest.  

Whiplash From Car Accidents

A lot of people think that whiplash is not that big of a deal because the pain, stiffness and soreness usually resolve on their own in a few weeks, but whiplash can alter the structure of your spine for the rest of your life.  Whiplash is injury to both muscles and ligaments in your spine. Those tissues stretch and tear because of the head whipping from impact which cause pain and instability in the joints. If left to heal on their own, the ligaments will lock the spine into positions of misalignment that put negative pressure on the nervous system, causing chronic pain.  

Medications May Only Mask Pain From Auto Accidents

The first instinct for a lot of people who have been in a car accident is to go to the emergency room or urgent care for medications.  While those medications help to mask the pain and tightness, they are only covering up the symptoms and do not actually help with the healing process.  Seeing a chiropractor as soon as possible following the accident will help to align the spine properly throughout the healing process so the muscles and ligaments heal with the spine in the best alignment, thus reducing the prevalence of chronic pain.  Chiropractic care can also help restore the curvatures in the spine that give it the strength to combat daily wear and tear.  

If you are in an accident and wondering “Is there a car accident chiropractor near me?” look no further than Pro Chiropractic.  We have two locations (Bozeman and Belgrade) and six chiropractic physicians ready and waiting to help you with your recovery. 

Dr Shea Stark - President ACASC - Proc Chiro Bozeman MT

If you or someone you know in the Gallatin Valley area is looking for a chiropractor following a car accident, please call Dr. Shea Stark with Pro Chiropractic at 406-219-2462 to schedule an appointment in our Bozeman office. Dr. Stark is a board certified sports chiropractor and the author of this blog post. To learn more about Dr. Stark and the many benefits of chiropractic care, please visit our website: prochiromt.com.

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