While it’s a common occurrence, it’s imperative that you come to the chiropractor to make sure it doesn’t get worse (or that the pain or discomfort you’re living with) can be managed and helped. Get beyond your embarrassment (we’ve all been there) and seek chiropractic care.
How can chiropractic help with falls? Chiropractic is the best kind of provider to seek because injuries sustained from a fall are typically part of the musculoskeletal system—that’s exactly what chiropractors are focused on.
When you come to the chiropractor you can expect the following from your care:
In addition to the above, you may also experience a sort of reignited enjoyment of life, thanks to less pain and better alignment, allowing your body to feel its best. Read on for a few of the most common types of injuries associated with falling accidents, and how to best prevent them in the future.
When you fall, you’re not thinking about what’s going to hurt the most when you try to get back up—you’re most likely just trying to prevent your face from hitting the ground. So, you land on your bottom (a pratfall) or you put your hands out to break your fall. While you may have successfully saved your face from a “road rash,” now you may have other injuries to deal with, such as tailbone (coccyx pain) or severe back pain from a herniated disc. If you tried to break your fall, you may have sprained one or both of your wrists. If you tripped and landed on your ankle the wrong way, you may have sprained that, too. Keep an eye out for muscle spasms as well, for those can occur after traumatic impact on certain joints. Chiropractic care can address the associated pain and create a treatment plan with the goal to get all of your joints feeling normal again.
Backward falls can do serious damage to your spine, your tailbone, and even your head and neck area. It’s best to use common sense and find ways to prevent these types of backward falls by:
Tripping and falling forward happens with nearly everyone, regardless of how “graceful” we may feel. When hiking, it’s particularly normal to trip over a tree root or misjudge the step and tweak your ankle, falling forward. To help prevent forward falls, be sure to:
As much as it might help prevent injuries, walking around highly cautious and overly anxious just isn’t the best way to live your life. Take the above precautions to help prevent slips and falls, and in the event that you do have an injury due to falling, be sure to call us at Shephard Chiropractic Clinic in Portland. We can help you back on the road to recovery after your slip and fall (and back to your regular, daily activities)!