County Line Chiropractic - Car Accident Pain

You’ve been in an accident, and now your doctor is recommending cortisone shots for your back or neck pain. Is that really the best treatment, or is there a better way to get pain relief? Let’s look at cortisone shots vs. chiropractic care after an accident to help you figure out which treatment may be better for you.

What Is Cortisone?

Chiropractic Care vs. Cortisone Shots

Cortisone is a steroid hormone that’s naturally released by your body when you’re under stress. A cortisone injection uses a synthetic version of that hormone and injects it directly into your joint to relieve inflammation that can cause pain. When that joint is your back or neck, the cortisone injection is done in the epidural space surrounding the nerve roots and spinal cord.

Cortisone Shot Side Effects

While cortisone shots may provide temporary pain relief, they carry a high risk of side effects, including:

  • Nerve damage
  • Joint infection
  • Cartilage damage
  • Tendon weakening or rupture
  • Increased blood sugar
  • Death of nearby bone
  • Facial flushing
  • Temporary flare of inflammation and pain in the joint
  • Thinning of nearby bone (osteoporosis)

It’s important to note that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved corticosteroids for injection into the spine’s epidural space. In fact, they have warned that it may result in rare but serious side effects like loss of vision, paralysis, stroke, and death.

Is Cortisone a Steroid?

Yes, cortisone is a steroid, and it comes with all the associated risks of steroid use.

What Is Spinal Manipulation?

Sometimes called “cracking your back,” spinal manipulation involves moving the joints in your spine back into proper alignment. It’s often combined with physical therapy, massage, or exercise to maintain good spinal alignment.

Is Cortisone or Chiropractic Care Better After an Accident?

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While cortisone shots reduce swelling and may temporarily relieve pain, they don’t address the root cause of your pain.

When you’re involved in a car accident, the bones in your spine may shift, even if the accident was at a low speed. This shifting can cause any number of problems, including pinched nerves, disk herniation, whiplash, and more.

If your bones stay out of alignment, you will always experience pain once the effects of cortisone shots wear off.

Chiropractic care is non-invasive, holistic, and addresses the root cause of your pain. Spinal adjustments and other therapies can help relieve pressure on the spine that’s causing your back or neck pain, leading to better long-term pain relief than masking the pain with cortisone shots.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

When it comes to pain that affects your bones, muscles, cartilage, joints, and connective tissue, spinal manipulation and other forms of chiropractic care can provide numerous benefits, including:

  • Improved back and neck pain
  • Non-invasive
  • Addressing the root cause of pain
  • Holistic
  • Reduced reliance on opioid pain relievers
  • May help relieve some headaches
  • Often cheaper than conventional treatment
  • Better levels of satisfaction with treatment

South Florida Car Accident Chiropractic Care

At County Line Chiropractic Medical & Rehab Center, we specialize in accident injuries. When you come in, we’ll talk about your accident and injuries, then do a physical exam and an x-ray, MRI, or other tests to determine the cause of your pain. From there, we’ll create a customized care plan for you.

Using spinal manipulation, physical therapy, or other treatments, we can offer non-invasive and natural long-term healing for many types of injuries. Find and address the root cause of your pain rather than turning to invasive surgeries or addictive medications that mask the pain rather than treating it.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Start your auto accident healing journey today by scheduling an appointment at one of County Line Chiropractic’s 6 locations around South Florida. Whether you live in Lauderhill, Plantation, East Fort Lauderdale, North Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, or Pembroke Pines, we have a location nearby.

No car? No problem! We offer transportation services to our auto accident patients. And while we always recommend scheduling an appointment, we also offer walk-in services.

Are you ready to address the cause of your pain rather than masking it? Find your nearest location and schedule an appointment today!

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If you’re ready to find the relief you’ve been longing for, you owe it to yourself to schedule an appointment at County Line Chiropractic today. We can’t wait to meet you and enlighten you on the power of chiropractic care and natural healing.