Common Car Accident Injuries That A Chiropractor Can Treat

Car accidents take a mental and physical toll on one’s body. You may have physical trauma like scrapes or bruises as proof of that injury but many experience soreness and muscle aches not always visible.  You can receive treatment for this type of injury from a car accident chiropractor. Chiropractors at RxWellness are not only experts in working with car accident patients but can help diagnose the root of the injury and cater to the treatment needed.

Depending on the severity of the accident, you may feel pain right away or delayed symptoms a few hours, days or weeks later. One of the professional medical fields most qualified to handle this type of treatment are chiropractors. While treatment varies from individual to individual, chiropractors are trained to treat the underlying injury through natural, drug-free care. You can receive treatment for the most common auto injuries from a car accident chiropractor as a preventative way to avoid chronic conditions and lasting pain.

RxWellness Common Car Accident Injuries That A Chiropractor Can Treat
RxWellness Patient near McLean, VA during Covid-19 Pandemic


Three Common Injuries Treated by a Car Accident Chiropractor


Whiplash is an extremely common car accident injury caused by a rapid, unnatural forward and backwards motion of the head and neck. Pain symptoms can be seen in a person’s neck, back, shoulder, hip or leg all caused from this unnatural sudden force. This whip-like-motion can over extend joints, muscles and ligaments in the upper back and neck. This motion creates spinal misalignment and muscle tears which when not corrected can heal wrong or continue causing ongoing pain. With spinal ligaments potentially out of place, they push on muscles and nerves exacerbating that pain even more. You can receive treatment for whiplash injury from a car accident chiropractor.

Chiropractors are trained to adjust and manipulate the spine safely back into proper alignment. At RxWellness, our doctors take x-rays of your spine to seek out the specific areas of treatment.  The goal is to correct the misalignment created in the sudden forces placed on the spine during the car accident through hands-on manipulation.

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Dr. Kevin Naples explaining x-ray results to patient (taken during Covid-19 pandemic)


2)Back Pain

While back pain is one result of whiplash, herniated discs or soft tissues injuries can result in back pain post car accident as well. Your spine is subject to sudden, unnatural forces in a car accident which can put additional strain on the spine. If a disc is misplaced, the disc can bulge, slip out of place or even rupture. Limited space in the spinal canal means this misplacement can press on spinal nerves creating severe pain. That pain can range from some mobility challenges to debilitating discomfort.  Some feel a tingling or numbness in extremities while others experience muscle weakness, change in bladder function, or difficulty moving. Like whiplash, receiving treatment for a back injury from a car accident chiropractor is a good idea.

RxWellness Common Car Accident Injuries That A Chiropractor Can Treat

Depending on severity, chiropractic care is a great option to help reduce pain and improve mobility. Our doctors at RxWellness use a variety of techniques and treatments to provide optimal results for each patient. Spinal Depression Technique is done on a table that stretches the spinal column and back while stimulating the discs to shift them away from nerve endings. Pelvic Blocking Technique is another popular treatment that involves patients lying down on a cushioned wedge under the pelvis allowing for posture to be altered and ideally temporary relief from pressure on the spine. Following a comprehensive physical exam, our specialized doctors at RxWellness can identify the root of the back pain create the proper treatment for each individual.

3)Muscle Pain & Soreness

Muscles can ache after a car accident due to the muscle fibers being overstretched creating inflammation and swelling. This build up of inflammation and swelling irritates the nerves sending a signal to the brain to contract and immobilize the muscle for protection.  A common muscle injury is a strain caused from the overstretching or even tearing of the muscle or tendon. In a collision, your body will brace for impact by muscles tightening causing muscles to pull or even be torn.


It is imperative that the damaged muscle is treated to restore motion, restore endurance and restore strength so mobility and pain is not chronic. During an initial exam at RxWellness, the doctor will evaluate the source of the pain and cause of the inflammation. Manual chiropractic adjustments to the spine can relieve any irritated nerves and may reduce the production of neuropeptides and cytokines (which can reduce inflammation).

Seek and Receive Treatment for your injury from a car accident chiropractor

RxWellness Spine & Health is a chiropractic practice specializing in the most common injuries of car accidents. Our goal is optimal recovery from the injuries through a specialized treatment of chiropractic care, massage therapy and physical therapy. Be sure to not let your symptoms get worse and if you are experiencing any of these three common injuries call us today at 703-904-9666 to schedule an appointment. You can also request an appointment online at our website.RxWellness Common Car Accident Injuries That A Chiropractor Can Treat