Each year, more than 8 million Americans visit the emergency room for slip and fall injuries. Receiving prompt diagnosis and treatment can minimize the risk of complications and improve your quality of life. At Platinum Chiropractic + Wellness, chiropractor Vinay Panchal, DC, offers comprehensive care for slip and fall injuries. Using holistic, integrative means, he can help you feel better. To make an appointment at the practice in Omaha, Nebraska, call the office today or book online.

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What are slip and fall injuries?

A slip and fall injury occurs when you lose your balance and make direct contact with the ground. Slip and fall injuries vary in severity. Some are mild and result in bumps or bruises; others are life-threatening and require emergency care and hospitalization.

If you experience a slip and fall, while working, playing sports, or running errands, don’t wait to make an appointment with Dr. Panchal. That’s especially true if your symptoms last for more than a few days and don’t respond to at-home treatments like ice and rest.

Who is at risk of slip and fall injuries?

Anyone can experience a slip and fall injury, but several factors increase your risk, including:

  • Being 65 or older
  • Having poor balance
  • Being a man
  • Working a job that uses ladders, harnesses, or scaffolding
  • Wearing shoes without traction

You’re also more likely to experience a slip and fall injury if you use a mobility device, like a cane, walker, or rollator.

When should I see a chiropractor about a slip and fall injury?

In most cases, slip and fall injuries aren’t serious. If you trip while climbing a flight of stairs, washing your hands of debris and taking over-the-counter pain medication may be enough to provide relief. 

If your symptoms persist or get worse, it’s important to make an appointment at Platinum Chiropractic + Wellness. That’s especially true if they interfere with your ability to work, exercise, or spend time with friends and family.

What happens during a slip and fall injury appointment?

At Platinum Chiropractic + Wellness a slip and fall injury appointment begins with a discussion of your symptoms, including when they started and their severity. Next, Dr. Panchal conducts a physical exam. During the exam, he has you perform a series of easy strength and range of motion exercises. 

If these measures don’t provide enough information about your condition, Dr. Panchal might also order digital X-rays. X-rays are a type of diagnostic imaging that captures high-quality photos of your bones and joints. Dr. Panchal uses X-rays to rule out underlying issues like fractures or dislocations. 

How are slip and fall injuries treated?

At Platinum Chiropractic + Wellness, Dr. Panchal treats slip and fall injuries using conservative, minimally invasive means. He might recommend: 

  • Flexion-distraction 
  • Active and passive stretching
  • Soft tissue manipulation of the neck to ease tension
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Lumbar roll
  • Active release technique (ART)
  • Dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS)

The goal of treatment is to reduce pain, improve your mobility, and restore your normal function.

To learn more about the treatment options for slip and fall injuries, make an appointment at Platinum Chiropractic + Wellness by calling the office or scheduling online today.