Auto accidents are among the most common reasons people seek chiropractic care. The level of damage to your vehicle is not always a good indication of your injuries, as even minor crashes can cause profound tissue damage. Some motor vehicle accident injuries develop after several days or weeks, so you should report to your chiropractic physician as soon as possible for a thorough evaluation and proper treatment. Seeking the appropriate care immediately after your injury may help prevent long-term health problems such as headaches, chronic neck pain, chronic back pain, and difficulty performing work and leisure activities. Common injuries and symptoms associated with auto accidents include:
The most common cause of auto accident-related pain and discomfort is whiplash. Whiplash injuries cause damage to your neck’s soft tissues, including your neck muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. Whiplash injuries are most commonly caused by rear-end automobile collisions. The “whipping” motion of your neck—the rapid thrusting of your neck backward, then forward—stretches your neck muscles and ligaments, resulting in micro-tears in your tissues that cause pain and swelling.
The principle goal of chiropractic care in the first few days after your accident is to manage the pain and swelling of your injured tissues, which involves targeting the treatment to reduce your inflammation and decrease the intensity of your muscle spasms. Hosmer Chiropractic Health uses gentle manual medicine techniques, including massage, and nutrition therapy to help you through this early phase of your care. Chiropractic adjustments and other manual therapies may be employed as you begin to recover from the initial trauma of your accident. The Hosmer Chiropractic Health team is trained in auto accident chiropractor treatment.
Chiropractors Seth Hosmer and Phil DeVasto have successfully treated many Portland-area residents involved in auto accidents by closely managing all phases of their care. They use techniques that restore and preserve your joint range of motion, prevent scar tissue formation, and reduce your likelihood of developing long-term health complications, such as recurrent headaches. Here is a testimonial from one of our many satisfied patients:
I was in a pretty bad car accident that resulted in some major neck pain. Dr. Hosmer not only does adjustments but shows you various home care techniques to help hurry up the healing process. He did such wonders that I recommended my wife and a friend see him. Both are convinced he is a miracle worker. In addition to offering chiropractic care, Hosmer Chiro offers massage therapy. Both massage therapists are top-notch. You will not be disappointed.
Schedule an appointment with Portland auto accident chiropractors Seth Hosmer and Phil DeVasto if you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident.
Motor vehicle accident insurance usually fully covers your chiropractic care if you are injured in a car accident. Visit Hosmer Chiropractic Health’s Working with Insurance page for more information.
It is important to monitor your symptoms and watch for warning signs after your auto accident, as serious health complications can arise. The pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms you are experiencing will continue for several days as your injured tissues begin the healing process. You may also notice the following symptoms:
These symptoms are frequently seen following whiplash injuries, and you should anticipate experiencing at least a few of them during the acute phase of your injury. However, if any of the following symptoms arise, please contact your chiropractor immediately: