Trip, slip, and fall accidents are quite common and one of the most prevalent ways to injure your neck, back, and hips. Often seen among the elderly, the fact is, anyone can trip, slip, and fall anywhere, even the most coordinated.
You could simply be walking and trip over something (i.e. a child’s toy), or not see in the middle of the night as you walk to the bathroom, or even fall down the stairs after losing balance. Likewise, you may be wearing poor gripped shoes or the floor could be wet/oily and before you know it, you may trip, slip, and fall. You see, trip, slip, and fall cases are so common, that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over one million Americans trip, slip, and fall annually. Think about it, according to the national Floor Safety Institute, the average person takes 8,000 steps a day. How easy is it to take just one wrong step and cause injury? In one word, Easy.
If you have ever tripped, slipped, and/or fallen, then you may know that such an accident can be extremely painful – as it may traumatize the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and your entire body. Your discs may slip, back can break, misalignment can arise in the spine, hip bones can break (potentially requiring hip replacement surgery), and/or your brain may suffer traumatic injury. Any of which can lead to chronic pain and lifelong consequences.
If you trip, slip, and fall, even if you believe the injuries are minor, you should contact a chiropractor, as Dr. Mehr of Foothill Family Chiropractic in La Verne, CA, immediately. Injuries can take time to manifest and if gone untreated, injuries can worsen and create further damages. However, having a Doctor specializing in trip, slip, and fall cases (as Dr. Mehr does) evaluate your case, he can correct such injuries (i.e. neck and back injuries, whiplash, herniated discs, tailbone fractures, and more).
Why a chiropractor you may be wondering? Well, chiropractors focus on uncovering the underlying problem and applying safe, effective, non-invasive, drug-free treatments to allow the body to heal on its own. They focus on restoring the body’s proper functioning and removing any interferences in the nervous system which may be preventing the body’s self-healing capabilities. Via a tailored plan, utilizing manipulation, spinal decompression therapy, laser therapy, and other forms of chiropractic care, a trip, slip, and fall chiropractor (as Dr. Mehr) can properly align your skeletal system and pop everything back into place, allowing for immediate pain relief, motion restoration, and long term healing.
On a side note, although many victims trip, slip, and fall at home, many also trip, slip, and fall publicly due to another property owner’s negligence. In such cases, it is suggested that you contact a chiropractor immediately. First off for your health, but secondly, a chiropractor can evaluate and document the extent of your injuries, which is necessary and beneficial for any legal actions you wish to pursue. To learn more about chiropractic care and how it can help if you trip, slip, and fall, please contact us today.