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Posted on 05-22-2016

Don’t Wait! Why You NEED to See a Chiropractor after Your Car Accident

50 million people are injured each year from auto accidents. Many of those injured do not undergo any

form of treatment. If you are involved in a car accident, it can be a shocking, sometimes life changing

experience. Once the shock wears off, it is important to focus on making sure your body is not seriously

damaged. Seeing a Car Accident Chiropractor within the first 48 hours after any non-life- threatening auto

accident can help avoid long term pain and reduce stress on the body.

Shock to the body

Oftentimes, minor injuries from auto accidents go unnoticed. In the seconds leading up to the impact,

your body instinctively tightens all of its muscles, and begins pumping large amounts of adrenaline into

your bloodstream. Upon impact, these rigid muscles try to absorb shock so the bones and ligaments

don’t have to. Unfortunately, this means that even in minor accidents, people often walk away with

ligament sprains, muscle strains, and out of place spinal segments.


The most common injury caused by car accidents is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the neck sustains a

sudden jarring movement past its limits. Ligaments in the neck become overstretched, causing a sprain.

Signs of whiplash include:

 Neck pain, usually developing the day after the accident

 Shoulder pain

 Reduced range of motion in neck and back

 Dizziness

 Headache

 Blurred vision

There can be very serious side effects if whiplash is left untreated. Long term, sometimes permanent pain

can result from any bones or ligaments that have not been properly realigned. Whiplash treatment

should always involve chiropractic care to avoid long lasting or even permanent damage.

The Importance of Chiropractic Care

Symptoms of whiplash and pain from injuries due to car accidents can often take weeks, sometimes

even months to show up. As most of the damage sustained in car accidents is to the bones, ligaments,

and other connective tissues, seeing your chiropractor after an accident is crucial. Your chiropractor may

take X-rays of your neck and spine to see if any serious damage was sustained. They can then readjust

and realign the spine for optimal healing.

Don’t wait until you are experiencing severe pain to see a Chiropractor about your car accident. Often,

that leads to many more chiropractic sessions than necessary, and much more pain and discomfort

experienced in the healing process. Get to your chiropractor immediately and get on the fast track to


At Personalized Chiropractic, the health of our patients in the greater San Diego, California area is of the

utmost importance. There is no reason to live with pain if we can do something about it. If you know of

anyone who has recently been involved in a car accident, please share this with them!

Please Leave a Comment of your experience healing with a Car Accident Chiropractor in San Diego, or visit a Carlsbad Chiropractor to find out more.

Pacific Beach Chiropractor

-Dr. Ryan Curda

Or visit our Pacific Beach Chiropractic Center at

4747 Mission Blvd. #1

San Diego, CA 92109

(858) 866-3345

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