Muscle Spasms After A Car Accident? Visit a Chiropractor

Muscle Spasms After A Car Accident? Visit a Chiropractor

Muscle Spasms After Car Accident? Visit a Chiropractor

There are a number of injuries that can occur from a car accident. They can vary depending on how serious the accident was. A car accident’s severity is determined by the car’s position, the force of the impact, and the object in the path, along with your body’s response to the damage. Whiplash is the most common injury in car accidents, but there are a variety of other non-life-threatening injuries that you may suffer. Muscle spasms after a car accident are another common symptom and can be treated through chiropractic care.

Even the mildest of accidents can affect your body and medical attention should be sought regardless of whether you feel immediate pain. Please contact us at Manasota Accident and Injury Center if you’ve recently been in a car accident and suffering from muscle spasms. We offer chiropractic treatments that will help eliminate the pain and immediately have you on your way to recovery.

We will share how a car accident can affect your muscles depending on how your body responds to it and why you may feel the pain of muscle spasms after a car accident. Continue reading to learn why you should visit a chiropractor for treatment after an accident.

Here are the main topics we’ll cover:

How Muscle Spasms Occur

Self -Treatment Options for Minor Muscle Spasms

Why See a Chiropractor for Muscle Spasms after a Car Accident? 

 Chiropractic Treatment for Muscle Spasms

How Muscle Spasm Occur?

Typically, muscle spasms are felt as tightness in the muscle, which can cause pain, and often occur soon after an injury. If you suffer from them after a car accident, it is because the muscle fibers have been overstretched which causes inflammation and swelling.

A build-up of swelling and inflammation might delay the onset of symptoms, as the inflammation builds over time. Sometimes long periods of time will pass before symptoms reflect the actual injury. As a result, nerve irritation sends signals to the brain to protect the damaged muscle. The muscles contract and immobilize the area. Therefore, in addition to the soft tissue damage, inflammation also leads to muscle tightening and spasming.

You may also have muscle spasms after a car accident because of the counterforce your body experiences. Right before the accident happens, your adrenaline kicks in and you tighten your muscles to prepare for the impact. A driver’s neck, shoulders, and arms can be injured as they brace themselves against the steering wheel during an accident.

Common causes of muscle spasms include:

  • Low Electrolytes: For your muscles to work properly, potassium and magnesium are necessary. When your body is running low, your body lets you know with cramps and spasms.
  • Dehydration: Without enough water, your muscles will be prone to twitching and spasms. You don’t just lose water when you sweat, you also lose electrolytes when your body loses fluid when you’re sick, which is another common reason for muscle twitching.
  • Pinched Nerve: A spinal nerve passes between bones to reach specific parts of your body. There are times when disks between the bones slip or rupture, causing the spinal nerve to be pinched. A person’s muscles under control by that nerve might change and cause a spasm. 

Self -Treatment Options for Minor Muscle Spasms

Treatment should begin as early as possible because procrastination increases the likelihood of painful muscle knots forming. These can form after two weeks. Sometimes minor muscle spasms resolve by themselves. They may take a few seconds or several minutes to go away on their own, but they typically do not require treatment. When a person experiences cramps, they can follow these simple steps to help ease their symptoms:

  • Gently massaging the cramped muscle
  • By placing a heating pad on tense muscles
  • Soothe muscle soreness with a cold pack
  • Gentle stretching of the cramping muscles

Usually, stretching the spasm-causing area or stopping it from occurring helps improve or stop the spasm. The following are stretches for the calf, thighs, back, and neck muscles:

Calf Stretch

  1. While lying down, stretch your leg by pointing/pulling your toes towards your forehead.
  2. Hold until the spasm stops.
  3. A belt or strap wrapped around your foot can be used to pull your foot towards your body.

This also works for muscle spasms in the hamstring.

Thigh Stretch

  1. Stand and hold onto a chair to keep balanced.
  2. Reach your leg backward from the hip and bend your leg at the knee.
  3. Grab your ankle and pull your foot up behind you toward your buttock.

Back Stretch

  1. Lay down on the floor or bed with a tennis ball beneath the spasm for several minutes.
  2. Be sure to breathe normally as you relax.
  3. Move the ball to another adjacent spot and repeat.

Neck Stretch

  1. Roll your shoulders forward, backward, up, and down while sitting or standing. Do this 10 times.
  2. In the opposite direction roll your shoulders in a circular motion by moving them back, up, forward, and down another 10 times.

It is possible to perform shoulder rolls anywhere while driving, sitting at a desk, or standing.

People experiencing muscle pain in their calves can try putting weight on the affected leg and slightly bending their knee. Stretching the muscle this way will relieve the pain. Those suffering from cramping in the quadriceps should hold the affected leg behind them and gently pull it toward the buttocks, keeping the knees close together.

Why See a Chiropractor for Muscle Spasms after a Car Accident?

Many people with muscle spasms have turned to chiropractors in record numbers because of the results. Chiropractors can diagnose pain and determine whether a person suffering from muscle spasms after an accident might benefit from chiropractic care or if additional treatment is needed. In order to determine the extent of the injury, a physical examination and patient history are usually conducted along with the necessary x-rays. Afterward, based on the patient’s condition, a chiropractor can recommend a treatment plan.

Here are reasons to see a chiropractor for your muscle spasms after a car accident:

  • Qualified to Treat Muscle Spasms: An adjustment by your chiropractor will get you on the road to recovery following a car accident. Car accident injuries are more commonly treated with chiropractic care than with any other therapy. This is ideal because chiropractors are specifically trained to address muscle spasms and other musculoskeletal damage.
  • Your Insurance Will Cover It: Your car insurance company will likely cover the cost of chiropractic care. If you’re worried about the costs, review your policy to see if chiropractic care is covered under medical payments. Regardless of who caused the accident, the costs should be covered. You may not perceive your symptoms as serious or believe the car accident didn’t cause severe damage. However, it doesn’t hurt to seek care from a chiropractor, even if your symptoms are minor since your visit should be free of charge. If you wait too long, you may lose your right to insurance coverage for the treatment of your injury.
  • Proper Treatment Will Speed Up Recovery: An assessment of your condition, medical history, and lifestyle is crucial to the right treatment. To help pinpoint the problem, diagnostic equipment is also used. The chiropractor will gather necessary information from you, allowing him to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include spinal manipulations, massages, acupuncture, physical therapy, and other therapies. The goal of treatment is to return you to your pre-accident condition. Chiropractors do this by decreasing your pain, increasing mobility, eliminating your muscle spasms, and treating other symptoms at the source.
  • Prevent Long-Term Injury: Muscle spasms can be a preliminary symptom of a more serious injury. More serious injuries could have long-lasting effects that leave you struggling months or even years later. If you have had a car accident, visit a chiropractor just to be safe. It is difficult to predict when an acute injury will turn into chronic pain; therefore, it is best to visit one just in case. 

Chiropractic Treatment for Muscle Spasms

  • Joint Manipulation: Usually chiropractors manipulate the joints in the spine, but they can also manipulate joints in other areas. Restoring motion to the joints and spine, chiropractic manipulation reduces pain and leads to decreased muscle spasms.
  • Soft Tissue Manipulation: Muscle spasms are commonly treated with soft tissue manipulation. Among treatment options are therapeutic stretching and massage therapy. They assist with reducing fluid, decreasing scar tissue, and relieving muscle spasms.
  • Associated Therapie: Muscle spasms may also be managed with associated therapies by a chiropractor. This can include hot and cold treatments, electrical stimulation, or ultrasounds. These treatments greatly increase circulation in the muscle tissues and decrease swelling and scarring as well. A lot of times, associated therapies reduce pain and help prevent further injury and injury recurrence. Of course, the main objective is to stop the spasms.
  • Physical Therapy: Occasionally chiropractors will also suggest you do some strengthening exercises and stretching between visits. Exercises should be completed on a daily basis to complement treatments and aid in healing.

Speak With A Chiropractor About Muscles Spasms Today

If you’re experiencing muscle spasms after a car accident, contact us to schedule an appointment. We’ll discuss the chiropractic treatments we offer and an effective plan to help you quickly recover after an accident.

Manasota Accident and Injury Center specializes in treating victims of car accident injuries. Our licensed chiropractors have decades of experience providing exceptional health and wellness care to the Bradenton community. Give us a call today at (941) 751-0223 to schedule your initial consultation.