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8 Treatment Options Following a Fall

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A slip and fall can be a terrifying sensation and is something that most people will experience at least once in their lives, especially during the winter season in adverse weather conditions. In addition to any injuries you may have incurred from the fall, you may become disoriented and dazed for some time after falling. Pain will begin to kick in once you’ve regained your composure. At that point, you question, “What should I do now?”

We strongly advise you to get slip and fall injury treatment as soon as possible. We’ve compiled a list of treatment choices for you at Atlas Total Health Chiropractic. After a fall, you should always get checked out right away so that you can receive the best full-body chiropractic adjustment and treatment plan to get you back to optimal health as soon as possible. Contact Atlas Total Health Chiropractic by calling (866) 668-0108 or contacting us online to schedule your consultation.

1. Determine Injuries

Injuries such as cuts and abrasions will manifest almost immediately after a fall. However, if you have an injury beneath the surface, you may not know it until significant pain sets in, which might take up to 24 hours.

The following are examples of common fall injuries:

  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Cuts, abrasions, and wounds
  • Sprains and rips are examples of soft tissue injuries.
  • Injuries to the head
  • Injuries to the spinal cord
  • Whiplash

Atlas Total Health Chiropractic may order X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans to figure out what’s wrong with you. It is important to find out what kind of injuries you have before you start treatment. This way, we can make sure that the therapies you choose will help your whole body feel better and heal.

2. Electrical Stimulation Therapy (EST)

E-stim, or Electric Stimulation Therapy, is a good way to treat a wide range of injuries. For e-stim therapy to work, tiny electrodes are placed on the skin above the damaged area. After that, these electrodes will be used to send low-level electrical impulses to the muscle or tendon that is hurt. The impulses will make the muscle contract and relax, which will eventually make the muscle tired.

Though exhaustion may appear to be a negative trait, it is actually quite the reverse when it comes to tense muscles. This level of weariness will ease the ongoing state of stress and agony that those who have been left with muscular spasms or tightness in their muscles after a fall are feeling.

3. Cold and Heat Therapy

Heat and cold therapy have been shown to be effective in relieving pain and encouraging healing in injured patients. In addition, heat therapy can assist relax tense muscles and relieve discomfort, as well as reduce muscle spasms caused by their injuries.

4. Soft Tissue Manual Therapy with Instruments

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manual Therapy, abbreviated IASTM, is beneficial in reorganizing soft tissue after it has been altered by trauma. This is something to think about if you have sprains, tears, or other problems with your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. IASTM is also highly effective in the case of whiplash, which is common if you fall from a considerable height or while riding a bike, horseback riding, or on a stairwell.

We use the Graston Technique at Atlas Total Health Chiropractic because it is an evidence-based treatment that promotes better and faster healing. In addition, the Graston Technique allows our chiropractors to avoid excessive pressure on the spine while still treating injured tissue, resulting in pain relief.

5. Physiotherapy

Falls can be extremely damaging to your body. For example, if you’ve had a broken or fractured bone, you may have been warned not to put pressure on the region while mobile. While this is great advice, your posture is likely to suffer as a result of altered movement patterns.

Posture issues can further aggravate existing ailments. A qualified chiropractor can help you retrain your body to move in a way that does not harm your injury or your posture. Similarly, adequate exercise of wounded areas during and after healing is essential for optimal recovery.

6. Massage Therapy

A fall can be a painful and distressing experience. Massage therapy can relieve muscle tension while also stretching the joints and increasing the range of motion. Massage therapy can treat patients who have suffered whiplash, spinal injury, soft tissue injuries, or fractured bones by strengthening muscles, improving posture, and realigning any spinal damage.

7. Chiropractic Corrections

Chiropractic adjustments are obviously good for much more than just your back. However, we will underline that following a fall, an adjustment is a must-have treatment to speed recovery and relieve discomfort. Subtle manipulations can help to restore normal movement, correct impacted posture, and decompress the spine to relieve discomfort in the back, neck, shoulders, and other affected areas of the body.

8. Continued Home Care

After a fall, your therapy should not end once you leave the Atlas Total Health Chiropractic clinic. There are many types of therapy that you can do at home to help you heal and feel better.

  • Take a warm Epsom salt bath. This will relax the muscles and reduce inflammation.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Apply ice to the affected region or a cool towel. Never apply the cold substance directly to your skin. Wrap ice with a washcloth instead. This procedure will keep the pain and swelling at bay.
  • Apply pressure on swollen areas.
  • Take pain medications as directed. Pain medications with anti-inflammatory qualities, such as ibuprofen, can help relieve pain safely and without the use of opioids.
  • Rest as much as possible because your body requires time to mend.

Prioritizing your health when learning to recover from a fall is critical. Go to Atlas Total Health Chiropractic right away to make sure that any injuries you have are treated right. If you are suffering from pain, contact Atlas Total Health Chiropractic by calling (866) 668-0108 or contact us online to schedule your consultation. Discover what we can do for you to assist you with feeling better and restore you to optimal health.