Symptoms of Car Accident Injuries

Symptoms of Car Accident Injuries - RxWellness Spine & Health Herndon, Tysons & Arlington VA

After being in a car or automobile accident, it’s common to experience injuries–many of which can negatively affect your health if not treated. RxWellness can help treat symptoms of car accident injuries, such as soreness, whiplash, and back pain, among others. After being involved in a motor vehicle accident, the body often goes into shock and it is difficult to determine which injuries you may be experiencing. Symptoms of car accidents, particularly musculoskeletal injuries including whiplash, often show symptoms days or even weeks after your car crash. Therefore, it is crucial to make an appointment immediately and seek treatment for symptoms of car accident injuries, even if you don’t think your injuries are serious.

We treat many symptoms of car accident injuries, including:


Whiplash is caused by the sudden impact of a crash forcing your head to move in an unnatural and unexpected motion, which can result in tearing of the fine muscles in the neck and upper back and dislocations or herniation of your upper cervical spine. Whiplash and other neck-related symptoms of car accident injuries can leave you with a sore neck and other serious injuries since the inflammation and swelling in your neck, upper back, and head muscles can make it very difficult to move those sensitive areas.


Shoulder and neck pain are common car accident injuries that can occur at speeds as slow as 5 mph and can be debilitating. Pain and stiffness can cause loss of mobility that prevents you from being able to perform your work duties or common daily tasks. If left untreated, the pain can progress and cause secondary conditions such as headaches, migraines and shoulder pain that radiates into other areas of the body. Our chiropractors provide integrated therapies for shoulder and neck symptoms of car accident injuries, such as chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, rehabilitation exercises, and more options depending on the degree and location of your pain.


Back pain is a frequently reported symptom after a car accident, and one of the most commonly treated symptoms in our clinic. Back pain can inhibit your daily routine and cause long-term problems if not properly treated. At RxWellness, we diagnose the cause of your back pain and provide natural pain relief with the latest chiropractic care and technology.


Many patients report numbness in parts of their body, which can be the symptoms of car accident injuries such as pain or damage to the neck or back. Numbness may be a sign of cut-off blood flow or possible nerve damage and should be taken seriously. Nerve damage can occur after an auto accident resulting in pain, numbness and tingling.


Lower back pain and injuries sustained in a car accident generally do not resolve without extensive treatment and proper rehabilitation. Lower back pain can often be a symptom of a greater problem, and should be examined carefully to determine what treatment options you may need. We can help you with treatment and pain relief for herniated discs and other lower back injuries. Through chiropractic care, we can reduce the inflammation causing pain for common types of lower back pain.


When you experience a car accident, you may injure your upper and lower extremities and feel the pain almost immediately. Pain in your arms or legs can be an indication of nerve damage or muscle soreness and should be inspected carefully. Our experienced chiropractor can examine you to determine the cause of your pain and design a personalized treatment program, which includes education on movement techniques and rehabilitation exercises.


Car accidents have the ability to cause both soft tissue sprains and strains to the driver and passengers, which worsen over time without proper care. A strain is the result of overstretching a muscle or tendon. On the other hand, a sprain is part overstretching, but also a tear of the ligament. Whiplash is notorious for causing neck strains and sprains. Most people involved in a car accident or collision with a whiplash sprain or strain related injury take anywhere from six to twelve weeks to recover. For those with more serious injuries, the recovery period can be much longer, especially the ones that have sustained a more serious tear. We provide treatment in the form of physical therapy, pain relief, exercises, and time to heal.


Dizziness & vertigo are also symptoms of car accident injuries. These sensations can not only make you feel queasy and make you sick, but they can also cause you to lose your balance and fall, making them a hazard to your health. At RxWellness, our chiropractors conduct thorough medical evaluations and x-rays to make sure a pressing medical emergency isn’t at the heart of your problem. An injury or misalignment in your cervical spine can cause many cases of non-vestibular dizziness, and whiplash from car accidents is infamous for resulting in a complication known as cervicogenic dizziness.


Seat belts are there to prevent drivers and passengers from being thrown out of the car and other severe injuries; however, during a car accident the body is thrust forward and caught by the seatbelt which often results in injuries to the shoulders, chest and abdomen regions. RxWellness provides various treatment therapies for these injuries, including massage therapy and chiropractic adjustment.

Many symptoms of car accident injuries are the result of micro tears in muscles and spine misalignment. When the force of the another vehicle hits your car, your spine may sustain injury and be thrown out of alignment. If left untreated, these car accident injuries can worsen with time and result in extensive pain and soreness in various parts of the body. Injuries sustained from motor vehicle collisions and other car accidents typically interfere with daily routine, sleep, athletics, and work.

If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms of car accident injuries, reach out to a trained chiropractor to determine we can best treat your injuries and get you back to feeling well. Chiropractors are trained in various treatment methods for aligning your body’s systems to relieve your pain. Even if you have been in a car accident and are not currently exhibiting symptoms, it is still recommended that you seek an examination by a certified chiropractic doctor to check for possible injuries and prevent chronic pain down the road. Don’t let an injury from a car accident slow you down; if you are experiencing any of these symptoms due to car accident injuries, seek immediate treatment with RxWellness Spine & Health at 703.904.9666. We are located in 950 Herndon Parkway, Suite 130, Herndon, VA 20171.


Look no further than RxWellness Spine & Health to deliver the best in chiropractic health care in the Northern Virginia area. Not only are we the #1 rated chiropractic clinic in the region, but we have also received the most number of reviews from our clients.

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