Help Heal Your Spine Injury
The spinal cord is command central to all your organs and how your brain communicates with the rest of your body. When it is damaged or inflamed, it causes huge problems for your whole body. One way these problems manifest is through soft tissue damage, which leads to pain. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI), a chiropractic visit may be just the thing you need to get your life back on track and manage your pain.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), there are approximately 17,700 new SCI cases every year. About 78% of these cases are male and the average age of incidence is 43 years. SCI can occur for a variety of reasons. Accidents, injuries, and deterioration can all lead to this painful condition. Some of the top reasons for spinal cord injuries include:
- Auto accidents
- Gunshot wounds
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Sports accidents
Non-Surgical Spine Healing Options
Chiropractic care is one of the only non-surgical options for SCI. Treatments can provide relief for stretched ligaments, pinched nerves, and out of place vertebrae. With a personalized plan, you and your chiropractor can develop the best course of action for your injury. Chiropractic work tends to focus on holistic options in place of surgery and pain medications, giving patients another approach for non-invasive care.
Spinal Pain Management
Spinal injuries most often come with a lifetime of pain. Instead of opting for more medications, talk to your doctor about non-medication options for treatment. Your chiropractor will look at your body as a whole, diagnosing the entire problem. From there, they can help to design the perfect therapy for replacing your painkillers. Prescription drugs only mask the symptoms, they do not treat the underlying cause of the injury. By creating a plan to treat the cause, you will be far more successful in your pain management efforts.
Reduce Inflammation in Your Spine
Realigning the spinal column reduces inflammation. As the disks rub on the nerves within the spine, they become inflamed and unable to do their job. By stretching the joints and putting the discs back into place, your chiropractor will take the stress off the nerves, relieving your pain. This is not an overnight process and sometimes takes several sessions. It is important to remember to attend all of your sessions, not just stop when the pain stops. Regular treatments will bring the spine back to a place of normalcy, giving the nerves a chance to go back to normal.
Promote Healthy & Non-Invasive Healing
Re-aligning the spinal column opens up all the channels for blood flow. Restricted blood flow leads to many severe problems including nerve damage, hypertension, dizziness, migraines, and even strokes. By removing the restrictions, chiropractors promote faster healing of injuries and inflammation.
Massage therapy is another great way to promote healing. By massaging the surrounding muscles and tissues, chiropractors break up any remaining scar tissue, encouraging blood flow and the growth of new tissue. It also relaxes muscles and relieves tension caused by stress. Stress can cause bad posture, which leads to even more long-term problems for your body.
If you have experienced a spinal cord injury, now is the time to reach out to our chiropractic office. Some types of injuries may require a recovery period before chiropractic care can begin, so it is important to design a personalized treatment plan. To get started, schedule an appointment to come down and see us.