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Chiropractic Care for Slip & Fall Injuries

Published Date: 
July 2, 2023
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Sudden falls can be devastating. Many slip and all accidents lead to chronic injury and require long-term medical treatment. Thankfully, chiropractic treatment can be very effective for treating common slip and fall injuries. 

Chiropractic care can shorten recovery time, prevent long-term damage, and ease the most painful symptoms of these injuries. It’s also a drug-free option that supports your body’s natural healing ability. 

What should you know about chiropractic care for slip and fall injuries?

How Slip and Fall Injuries Can Impact the Body

A slip and fall accident can cause a variety of issues for someone. These include:

  • Ongoing or chronic pain
  • Sudden, sharp pains
  • Head injuries that affect vision, hearing, and overall health and well-being
  • Back pain
  • Lacerations
  • Stomach pain
  • Bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Overall discomfort

Back & Neck Injuries

Some of the most common injuries associated with slip and fall accidents are back and neck injuries. Signs of back and neck injuries include:

A man is experiencing neck and back pain after a slip and fall injury.
  • Muscle spasms
  • Localized pain
  • Tenderness
  • Weakness in the arms or legs
  • Worsening pain with movement
  • Numbness or tingling

Sprains & Muscle Strain

Many people experience sprains or muscle strains after a fall accident. Symptoms vary but often include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Limited mobility

Joint Injuries

It’s also possible to experience a joint injury when you fall. Symptoms of joint injuries include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Warmth
  • Joint locking
  • Limping if ankles, knees, or hips are affected
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness

How Chiropractic Care Can Help You Heal from These Injuries

There are several ways chiropractic care helps with healing after a slip and fall injury. For example:

  • Realign your back: Falls can throw your back out of alignment. When this happens, pressure on the nerves in your back causes pain and reduces mobility. Chiropractors are experts in realigning the spine. They use their hands and tools to shift your spine back into alignment and relieve pressure on your spine.
  • Reduce inflammation: Inflammation is the body’s natural response to slip and fall injury, but it can cause problems over time. If inflammation goes on for too long, it creates discomfort. Chiropractors realign your spine and bring it back into balance so it can respond appropriately. 
  • Relieve pressure: Falls can cause injuries that put pressure on your spine. Adjustments move discs and vertebrae back where they belong, alleviating pressure and restoring full motor function.
  • Prevent injuries: Working with a chiropractor can help you learn how to fall properly so you’re less likely to get injured if you do fall.

Common Chiropractic Techniques

Initially, your chiropractor will ask questions about the incident that led to your fall and assess your pain level. They’ll also ask about other symptoms. A complete chiropractic assessment includes the following:

Man receives spinal manipulation from a chiropractor.
  • Range of motion test
  • Neurological screening
  • Assessment of your physical strength
  • Examination of possible spinal subluxations

Once the assessment is complete, they’ll design an injury treatment program that might include the following:

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Slip & Fall Injuries

Chiropractic care offers a variety of benefits for treating slip and fall injuries.

For many people, slip and fall injuries are especially damaging due to the sudden impact and twisting of the body and spine. This can easily throw your spine into misalignment. Chiropractic care is one of the best injury treatment options available to bring your spine and body back into alignment. It not only eases pain but also supports the body’s natural healing process and speeds up how long it takes you to recover from an injury. 

Man has a slip and fall accident on an icy street.

Chiropractors can assess your current situation and diagnose the problem. Then, unlike many medical treatments that just mask the pain, they treat the underlying problem. The goal isn’t just to mask symptoms. Instead, they alleviate the problem and help the body heal. This offers long-lasting results that are safe and drug-free.

And finally, working with a chiropractor puts you in control of your health and well-being. They instruct you on what you can do at home to support healing and reduce your risk of injury should you fall again in the future.

Dr. Eric Neumann D.C.

Dr. Eric Neumann grew up in Alberta, Canada where he majored in Chemistry at the University of Calgary. During his time at University, he obtained licensure as a Massage Therapist. It was clear that hands-on healing would be his calling. After suffering multiple sport-related injuries he became interested in Chiropractic. Dr. Neumann graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 2009. He has since specialized in the treatment and management of acute spinal injuries.

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