Slips and falls accidents are quite common, especially among those aged 55 years and above. Anyone can be a victim of such accidents, whether at home, outdoors, or in your work environment. It could be you have poor balance and stability; your footwear has poor traction or the floor is wet, among other reasons.
When they happen, slips and falls cause plenty of pain and affect your ligaments, joints, muscles, and bones. Even seemingly soft falls can leave you with considerable injuries. The slipping and falling action force your body to twist and stretch.
The resulting injuries cause inflammation, damage your nerves, strains, and sprains, and affect your overall life quality by limiting your body functioning.
At T98 Rehab Chiropractic, we are dedicated to helping you attain full recovery from these injuries. We use safe, non-invasive, and natural ways backed by scientific research and the latest medical practice to heal your wounds and injuries.
Our treatments ensure you regain full body functioning and improve the quality of your life. Untreated injuries worsen with time and can even lead to mental health problems like depression.
What is Chiropractor Treatment?
Chiropractic comes from the Greek word ‘cheir’ and ‘praktikos,’ meaning done by hand. It is essentially treatment done through manipulation of the spine by the hand. Modern times have seen tools introduced to increase the effectiveness of the process.
Through the proper alignment of the musculoskeletal structure, chiropractic treatment enables the body to heal itself naturally.
We use chiropractic methods to treat spinal injuries, restore mobility to injured joints and relieve pain. Beyond the spine, muscle, and joints, chiropractor treatment is also useful for connective tissues like ligaments, cartilage, and tendons.
Common Injuries from Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries. These injuries range from serious ones like spinal cord injuries to less critical but still painful ones like bruised tissues. A chiropractor can help in all these cases leading to a quicker recovery. At T98 Rehab Chiropractic and Wellness, we care for all kind of slip and fall injuries, including the following;
Sprains or strains are common in slip and fall accidents since your body forcefully stretches at unusual angles. A strain happens when you get a twist while slipping or falling. On the other hand, you get a sprain when a muscle ligament is torn. The body part that is most likely to have the most sprains are the ankles.
Shoulder injuries are often the result of your trying to prevent your fall. As you put out your hand to avoid injury, the shoulder may take most of the shock, or at times you fall on your side and land on the shoulder. Both these scenarios can cause dislocation and, in the latter case, a lot of bruising, all of which are painful.
Most slips and falls have you landing on your back, making it prone to injuries in such circumstances. For instance, you may have plenty of soft tissue pains, and in extreme cases, you can put your disks under pressure, moving them out of position or affecting your spine’s flexibility. The result is decreased mobility range and unbearable pain.
Neck injuries can be subtle at first, only to start showing symptoms later. This time could be a couple of hours or even several days. Neck injuries are usually in the form of muscle and ligament tears. These injuries result in pain and stiffness, which also limits your movement range.
Whiplash is a neck injury caused when the head is moved rapidly backward and forward and whipped in the opposite direction. In turn, this causes acute pain and restricted movement. The whiplash movement stretches the ligaments and muscles past the normal motion range, while the soft tissues can also sprain or tear, which causes discomfort and pain.
Slips and falls can also injure your ribs, often resulting from landing on your side or being hit by objects when falling. Depending on the severity of the fall, your injuries could either be bruised ribs, broken ribs, or separated ribs. The injuries cause unbearable pain, mostly when laughing, coughing, or breathing. In some cases, the inflammation may get to the chest cavity causing further complications.
Sometimes slip and falls may leave you with a sharp tingling sensation or numbness. This condition is often because of misalignments of muscles, tissues, or even the spine, which interfere with blood flow. Restricted blood flow affects the brain’s communication with the peripheral parts of the body, causing numbness.
How Chiropractic Treatment Helps Heal Slip and Fall Injuries
There are several procedures we use to treat slip and fall injuries, and they include;
This treatment procedure is also known as chiropractic adjustments. It involves identifying joints along the spinal cord which are out of position and aligning them back into place. This positioning is done either as a gentle but swift thrust in the proper direction the joint should be or in a slower movement to mobilize the joint.
We use the flexion-distraction technique for herniated disks, which is a non-thrusting technique that eases the disks back in place.
Muscle relaxation and stimulations techniques
Another treatment for muscle dysfunction is through gentle stretches to relieve any excess tension in the muscles.
The stimulation also gets rids of contractions in restricted muscles and tissues. Tighter muscles will require vigorous stretching, while gentle finger relaxation techniques are used to ease the pain.
Specific trigger point therapy
This treatment involves the chiropractor identifying spinal joints that show subluxations (abnormal or limited motion). Using a gentle thrusting technique on these joints, the chiropractor can restore normal movement.
This result is possible because the technique stretches body tissues while stimulating the nervous system, enabling the resumption of normal motion. The method can also be used to identify painful and hypertonic pressure muscle points. By applying direct pressure on these specific points using fingers, the chiropractor alleviates muscle tension.
Interferential electrical stimulation
This technique uses an electrical device to send low-frequency currents to stimulate the injured muscles. The process is painless and helps lower the pain and the inflammation from the slip and fall injuries. We also offer therapeutic ultrasound to send soundwaves in the affected joints and muscle tissues.
This stimulation increases blood circulation around the injured areas, which in turn reduces stiffness and muscle spasms. The soundwaves generate gentle heat, which promotes muscle relaxation.
Slip and fall injuries also affect the soft tissues. These often involve several stretch-and-resist therapies and muscle energy therapies as well as therapeutic massages. These treatments help relieve tension in the tissues and muscles and alleviate pain and inflammation.
At T98 Rehab Chiropractic and Wellness, we understand the pain and inconvenience you suffer from slip and fall accidents. We have a team of experienced and board-certified medical practitioners ready to come to your aid and plan the best course of treatment for you. These include;
- Medical doctors
- Pain management specialists
- Orthopedic and neurology experts
On arrival, you are through comprehensive examination to determine the cause and extent of your injuries. We use the latest imaging and scanning technologies and practices. Our doctors are experienced and qualified, which increases the accuracy and precision of our treatments.
We ensure you are comfortable and walk you through the various treatments every step of the way. Same-day appointments are available, and we also provide transportation if necessary. Do not suffer alone in pain or let minor injuries lead to significant complications. Visit us today, and let us get you back to your productive best!