Chiropractic care for hip pain after an accident

It’s incredibly common to walk away from a car crash without any obvious injuries, yet hip pain can manifest later. You may think that you’re lucky you got out unscathed. But a few days later, you may begin to notice some pain that wasn’t there before.

Not all car accident injuries are apparent immediately after the crash. A lot of injuries sustained on the road come with delayed symptoms that can take days to make themselves known. Even if you don’t have any obvious physical damage, like bruises or scrapes, it’s very likely you’ve got some soft tissue and joint damage that is causing you pain. 

However fine you feel after a car accident, it’s essential you visit a chiropractor for a full assessment. They’ll be able to diagnose any hidden damage and help correct it before a minor injury is transformed into chronic pain.

Hip pain

Your hip joints are essential and you rely on them for walking, sitting, and standing. When you begin to feel pain in your hips, it can massively impact your ability to live an ordinary life. Injuring one or both of your hip joints after a car crash is something that needs to be taken very seriously. 

The hip joint bears most of your weight, as it connects your thigh bone to your pelvis. When you damage this part of your body, the ball and socket joint is unable to function properly and can cause considerable discomfort and pain.

Hip pain and injuries

The worse type of hip injury you can sustain in a car accident is a fracture or a break. Not all breaks and fractures are obvious immediately after an accident. When the force of an accident results in damage to the hip joint and surrounding body parts, it can significantly affect your ability to get around. It can sometimes prevent you from moving your hip joint altogether.

Some hip injuries caused by auto accidents require major surgery. Often, the joint cannot be fixed and the hip needs to be replaced completely. 

Bursitis is also a common type of hip injury caused by car accidents. Bursitis occurs when the fluid-filled sac that supports the hip becomes inflamed and causes intense pain. Swelling caused by the inflammation can get worse over time and is often unnoticeable immediately after the accident. The kind of pain caused by bursitis can be severe without medical attention.

Diagnosis and treatment

The first step to understanding the severity of your injury is to seek medical attention. The doctor will want to perform a physical examination to determine the extent of the damage. They may also run a number of diagnostic imaging tests, such as CT scans and X-rays, to gain a better understanding of your situation.

When the doctor has diagnosed your hip injury, they’ll put together a treatment plan that involves either fixing the damaged joint or replacing it. They may also give you advice on how to can boost your healing process at home and refer you to a chiropractor. 

Chiropractic care for Hip Pain

If you’re experiencing hip pain after a car accident but haven’t broken or fractured the joint, a chiropractor can help reduce your pain and help you get back to normal. Chiropractors provide all-natural, non-invasive treatment that can help with injuries such as bursitis sustained after a car crash. 

Chiropractic care focuses on the musculoskeletal system and follows a holistic approach that looks at your body as a whole. Through gentle adjustments and massage therapy, your chiropractor can restore proper function to your damaged hip joint and help you gain the mobility you lost in the accident.

If you have fractured or broken the joint, your chiropractor can help you recover after surgery. They’ll work alongside you to put together a treatment plan that allows you to gradually gain strength, mobility, and flexibility in the damaged area over a period of time that’s unique to you. 

Get in touch

If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident and you’re experiencing pain, it needs to be addressed asap. If you don’t do anything about it, you risk a minor injury developing into something major that could negatively impact the rest of your life. Something that you brush off as nothing could turn into something big that lowers your quality of life and still affects you years after the event. 

Do the smart thing and make an appointment today. Not only will your chiropractor be able to help you manage your pain without any drugs, but they can also prevent your injury from becoming worse and changing your life. 

About the author

Matt has been helping providers within the healthcare setting for over a decade. He realizes how best to solve a patient’s problem by understanding the individualism of each patient. Therefore knowing what their true needs are.  To focus on the patient and the “Why” they need their particular service that goes beyond the initial reason for them to seek treatment.

Matt has been with Veeva since 2018. He also has access to over 75 years of combined real-life hands-on experiences from the many doctors within the Veeva Chiropractic landscape.

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