Experiencing a car accident is one of the most stressful
things that can happen in life. If you or a loved one suffer
from pain after an auto accident, Dr. Mark Gutierrez of
Gutierrez Chiropractic Inc. in Tustin, California, is here to
help. His personable nature can help you feel immediately at
ease, and his expertise in chiropractic care enables him to
create a customized treatment path to get you back on your
feet and back to your normal daily routines.
Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience, either
online or by phone.
What should I do if I’m involved in an auto accident?
If you experience a car crash, the first thing to do is take
steps to secure your immediate safety. Take a moment to check
for bleeding or signs of broken bones. Check your surroundings
to see if you need to move away from the vehicle. Call for
emergency help if there is significant damage to yourself,
your vehicle, or anyone else involved in the accident. Don’t
forget to call a friend or family member in case you need
If you have significant bleeding, broken bones, or are
experiencing chest pain or difficulty breathing, the best
place to seek care is in the nearest emergency room.
Chiropractic care can wait until you’re in a stable condition.
When should I call a chiropractor after a car accident?
It’s normal to feel stiff and sore for a few days after an
auto accident. After all, your body sustains a great deal of
strain when a sudden collision occurs. In some cases, these
issues will resolve themselves after a few days of rest,
self-care, and over-the-counter medication. If you find
yourself with lingering pain after a few days, reach out to
Dr. Gutierrez to discuss scheduling a diagnostic exam. An auto
accident can damage your ligaments, tendons, and other soft
tissues. Your vertebrae can also be affected, as can the discs
that work to cushion each joint of your spine.
Some of the repercussions of a car accident are easy to see,
like cuts, bruising, and abrasions. Internal damage is far
more challenging to diagnose, so don’t delay coming in for a
diagnostic workup if you feel something just isn’t right.
Can’t I just continue taking over-the-counter medications to
manage my pain?
Over-the-counter drugs definitely have a place in managing
short-term pain. It is a mistake, however, to assume that just
because these medications are available in virtually every
drugstore or grocery store, they don’t carry a risk of serious
side effects. Any medication takes a toll on your body, and
must be metabolized and processed. Relying on over-the-counter
medications for more than a few days can cause serious
negative outcomes, including stomach ulcers, memory loss,
kidney failure, and heart problems.
Over-the-counter medication can also lead to addiction. While
these drugs are not as commonly abused as many prescription
medications, there is a risk of becoming dependent if you take
over-the-counter medications for prolonged periods of time.
Chiropractic care is a great way to treat car accident
injuries. The entire process is shaped around the belief that
your body has an amazing power to heal itself, given the right
set of circumstances. Chiropractic care strives to empower
your natural healing function.
To learn more, schedule an appointment today, either online or
Few things will throw a wrench into the course of a
normal day like a serious headache. At Gutierrez
Chiropractic Inc. in Tustin, California, Dr. Mark
Gutierrez has extensive experience diagnosing and
treating all types of headaches.