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Auto Accident Back Pain and Chiropractic FAQs

If you are suffering from auto accident back pain or neck pain, our auto injury chiropractor, Dr. Eric Santjer, can help. We here at Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation have put together these auto accident and chiropractic treatment FAQs to address any questions or concerns you may have about receiving chiropractic treatment for Chesapeake auto accident injuries.

Should I See a Chesapeake Chiropractor Even If I Have Already Sought Other Medical Care?

If you have been involved in an auto accident, you have probably already sought medical care from your family doctor or emergency room personnel. However, you can still benefit from a trip to our Chesapeake chiropractor. Dr. Santjer can provide non-invasive, drug-free neck and back pain treatment that reduces your dependence on pain medications and could even eliminate the need for surgery. 

I Was Involved in a Minor Accident. Should I Still Seek Chiropractic Care?

It does not take a serous auto accident to cause injury to the back or neck. Collisions at speeds as low as five miles per hour can cause whiplash injuries. An injury to the soft tissues of the spine or an injury that causes minor spinal misalignment may not cause symptoms for several months. If you are involved in even a minor auto accident, prompt evaluation by our Chesapeake chiropractor can help you avoid painful and debilitating symptoms.

What Are Some Signs that I May Have a Whiplash Injury?

Whiplash injury is one of the most common spinal injuries caused by car accidents. It occurs when a rear-end collision causes the head to whip back and forth quickly. The head is heavy, and the structures of the neck are delicate, so this rapid back-and-forth motion can easily damage the soft tissues of the neck, put neck vertebrae out of alignment, and even completely reverse the cervical spine's natural curve. Symptoms of whiplash injury can include stiffness and pain in the neck, reduced mobility of the neck, recurring neck pain, headaches, migraines, trouble concentrating, and trouble sleeping.

How Does Chiropractic Care Relieve Auto Accident Back Pain and Neck Pain?

Chiropractic care treats the cause of auto-injury-related back and neck pain by correcting the spinal misalignment that causes the pain. By restoring spinal vertebrae to their proper position, chiropractic treatment relieves pressure on nerves and spinal discs and allows soft tissues to heal. 

What Can I Expect from My First Appointment?

When you come in for your first appointment, Dr. Santjer will question you about your medical history and perform a thorough examination. He will take X-rays to check for fractures, torn ligaments, and other injuries that may require additional care. Dr. Santjer will perform your first treatment as soon as possible after evaluating your condition.

How Soon Can I Expect Relief?

Many patients experience relief after the first treatment. Total relief may occur after one to three months, though treatment may need to continue for up to two years.