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Auto Accident Injuries and Your Spine: Is it Serious?

Most of us have been involved in at least a minor fender bender on the road. Though the damage to your car after an accident can be easy to spot, your injuries aren’t always so obvious. Even if you feel fine, it’s possible that the effects of a muscle strain or worse has yet to set in.

Auto injuries can affect people of all ages and sizes.

Auto injuries can affect people of all ages and sizes.

Here’s what can happen to your body:

  • Whiplash: Perhaps the most common injury associated with an accident, whiplash affects your body as the force of a collision whips your head back and then forward sharply.
  • Disc Herniation: In a more severe accident, it’s possible for a disc to become weakened or bulged.
  • Pinched Nerve: After an accident, a pinched nerve can result due to inflammation in the body. This could take anywhere from days to months to develop.

Crashes are all different and there are many different factors that can affect the severity of the injury

The unseen damage from the trauma of a car accident can often show up months, even years later. Encourage those you love to call us for a non-obligation evaluation.


You’re waiting at a stoplight. The sound of screeching tires is followed by the harsh sound of metal hitting metal. Your car is suddenly being pushed forward!

You’re being rear-ended!

Even a minor fender bender can produce a whiplash injury.

Even a minor fender bender can produce a whiplash injury.

In a split second, your body is pushed against your seat. Your head, isolated by your neck, delays its reaction.

Then, your body changes directions, moving forward to the limits of your seatbelt. Then your head is snapped backwards! You can’t stop it.

Even a minor fender bender can produce a whiplash injury. It may take a day or two, or sometimes months for symptoms to appear. Now what?

Get to our practice for an examination!

Specific chiropractic spinal adjustments, because they can help restore proper motion and position of individual spinal bones, can help promote proper healing.

The longer you wait the more unseen damage there is and the longer it seems to take to recover.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Why do I have pain in my arms and hands?
    Because the nerves to the arms and hands exit the spine through the injured area of the neck, numbness and tingling are common. Even lower back pain can result directly from the trauma, or as a reaction to the loss of proper spinal curves.
  • Why did my headaches start more than a week after my accident?
    Whether you’ve been in an accident, stressed at work, or over-exerted yourself in the garden, your body is constantly adapting to the environment. When your capacity to adapt is exhausted, symptoms can appear. This can take days, weeks, months or years to occur.
  • Why do minor collisions cause so much trauma to the spine?
    Without getting into the laws of physics, the simple explanation is that in a more forceful automobile accident, the car itself absorbs much of the energy. In the more common parking lot “fender benders”, the energy is more directly transferred to the driver and passengers.
  • Can I prevent a whiplash injury?
    Since car accidents are the major cause of whiplash injuries, defensive driving skills can help. Be sure your taillights and turn signals are properly working. Allow enough stopping distance in front of you. When you slow down or stop, always check your rear view mirror to see if the driver behind you is paying attention.