common injuries after a car accident

Car accidents can be one of the most frightening and confusing experiences that a person can go through. Often the first thing that a person is concerned about following an automobile accident is the damage to their vehicle or their insurance coverage. This results in them neglecting the most important part, which is their individual health. Seeking proper care in a timely fashion is the most vital aspect of determining the overall outcome of your condition. This article is here to help you understand how chiropractors help car accident patients in Sacramento CA. We hope it helps you to avoid the long-term problems we so often see.

Common Injuries After Car Accident in Sacramento CA

Unfortunately, many people believe that the most serious injuries sustained following car accidents are immediately noticeable. There is also a misconception that only high speed or hard impact collisions can cause serious damage to a person's body. It has been found that these two beliefs are largely responsible for the vast number of injuries that fail to receive treatment following automobile collisions. Therefore, the first thing to remember when making the decision to seek appropriate care is to understand that a large number of injuries can occur following many different types of collisions.

Following a car accident, a person must keep in mind that many factors such as the placement of a car's headrest, the size of both automobiles involved in the collision, and the speed that they were traveling prior at impact all play an important role in determining the injuries sustained. To help understand this concept, it has been shown through research that a car traveling only 5 mph at the time of impact is capable of producing the forces necessary to cause whiplash injuries. While injuries such as fractures, cuts, concussions, and dislocations are immediately noticeable, other forms of damage to musculature, blood vessels, and nerves may not become evident for months or even years. Unfortunately, when these injuries become evident months and years down the road, insurance companies are often not held liable for reimbursement. Therefore it is important that you undergo a complete evaluation immediately following your accident by a health care professional familiar with these injuries. Your doctor at Anderson Chiropractic is here to help you in this process.


After a car accident, injuries like fractures and bruises may be too obvious, but you may also experience severe yet subtle symptoms like headaches. Head pain may be mild or severe, depending on the accident's impact. Thankfully, you can find relief from a chiropractor if you have post-accident headaches. Are you suffering from headaches after an auto accident in Sacramento, CA? Please book an appointment with Anderson Chiropractic for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Why Car Accidents Cause Headaches

There are many reasons why you may be suffering from a headache after an auto accident. However, the most common causes of headaches we see at our clinic include:

  • Whiplash injury: The impact of a car accident may cause your head to snap back and forth, damaging your neck's ligaments and tendons. While neck pain and stiffness are the classic symptoms of whiplash, headaches, and dizziness are also common.
  • Blow to your head: Due to the sudden change of direction, your head may bump into the window, car seat, steering wheel, and other objects, resulting in headaches.
  • Concussion: When there is an impact to the head that causes your brain to shake violently, you may suffer a concussion that leads to headaches. The other symptoms of concussions include dizziness, memory issues, balance loss, and blurred vision.
  • Pinched nerve: The accident's impact may compress nerves in the upper neck, resulting in head pain, weakness, tingling, and numbness.
  • Muscle spasms: During an accident, muscles in the upper back, head, or neck can be strained, resulting in pain, stiffness, and tenderness.

When you have headaches, don't "tough it out" and wait for symptoms to fade away. Also, don't use medications longer than recommended because they just mask your symptoms without addressing the root cause. The best course of action is to book an appointment with a chiropractor for pain relief.

Chiropractic Care for Headaches

If you have a minor or severe accident, you need professional care. After diagnosing the root cause of your headaches, we administer spinal manipulation to reposition your misaligned spinal joints. This action lifts pressure off the nervous system, leading to better pain management.

The other treatments we may use to treat headaches include:

  • Hands-on adjustments to alleviate muscle tension and inflammation
  • Nutritional counseling to speed up healing and reduce inflammation
  • Spinal decompression to release pinched nerves

How to Deal with a Shoulder Injury from Auto Accident

An auto accident can be especially violent and jarring on your body. Because of the position in which you are seated with a shoulder harness seat belt, a shoulder injury is very possible during a car accident. And if you are driving, your shoulders often are exposed to the steering wheel and a potential side impact from another vehicle. Here at Anderson Chiropractic in Sacramento, CA, we have a variety of non-invasive treatments that can help you recover from an injured shoulder.

Many Ways You Can Suffer a Shoulder Injury in Accidents

If you are in a front-end collision, the sudden deployment of airbags may injure one or both shoulders. The shoulder strap from the seatbelt might also yank one shoulder more than the other and cause significant soft tissue damage. Whiplash might make one or both shoulders hurt, and a dislocation could cause a lot of pain and swelling.

Some people also suffer broken bones in their shoulder area from an auto accident. The scapula or a collarbone might become fractured. A broken arm could make it feel like your shoulder is broken. And a combination of soft tissue injuries and broken bones could be especially painful following an auto accident.

How Our Skilled Chiropractor Could Help

After you have obtained care from your doctor, our chiropractor could initiate a variety of treatments that enhance your body’s natural healing while reducing pain. Massage therapy is a great example of an often-beneficial therapy for a shoulder injury. We can refer you to a qualified professional.

Electrical muscle stimulation therapy can be provided to relieve tight and sore muscles, which can help to loosen up your shoulder and enable you to move more freely. Specific chiropractic adjustments can help restore joint function to stimulate the healing of your injured shoulder.

Benefit from Effective and Natural Pain Relief

Pain often coincides with soft tissue injuries that our skilled chiropractor can treat with non-invasive therapies that promote natural healing and organic pain relief. Electrical muscle stimulation along with moist heat can also help to flood the shoulder with new fluids and red blood cells that deliver lots of oxygen and iron to the afflicted area. It also flushes out toxins and helps your body to heal more quickly and eliminate pain.

Schedule Effective Shoulder Treatment Today

Our experienced chiropractor here at Anderson Chiropractic in Sacramento CA can help you to overcome an injured shoulder and other injuries from an auto accident or other mishap. We work with auto insurance companies to provide you with effective and affordable treatment. Call us at (916) 485-5433 today.


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