A chiropractor can treat a patient with soft tissue injures from a car accident, especially an accident that results in neck pain and back pain. A common injury that is caused by car accidents is whiplash. Whiplash, also known as neck strain or neck sprain, is basically a soft tissue injury to the neck. Many people who are involved in motor vehicle accidents develop symptoms of the injury.

Symptoms of whiplash

Neck pain is regarded to be the most common symptom of whiplash. Other symptoms include neck instability, reduced range of motion or neck stiffness, shoulder pain, upper back pain, or headaches. Some people also complain that they can’t sleep well.


To diagnose whiplash, a chiropractor has to take a thorough history of the injury as well as the patient’s previous medical history. Some pre-existing conditions can increase the severity of the injury. The chiropractor will give the individual an in-depth physical exam and will concentrate on the neuromusculoskeletal system. A patient will also be asked several relevant chiropractic questions that will help in the diagnosis of whiplash. In particular instances, advanced imaging may also help to make a proper diagnosis.


When it comes to a whiplash injury, a patient will be advised to stay active, unless immobilization is crucial because of a serious injury. The use of an ice compressor may be suggested for the first 48 hours after an injury. Coffee as well as other caffeinated beverages should be avoided.

Chiropractic treatment can be immensely beneficial. It can include spinal manipulation, cryotherapy or ice-pack therapy, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching. A neck adjustment can improve the spine’s mobility, increase the range of motion, and enhance the movement of the adjoining muscles. Neck adjustments help to eliminate pain, stiffness, and soreness. The procedure can also allow a person to comfortably turn and tilt the head. Besides adjustments, a treatment plan of mobilization, rehabilitative exercises, or massage may help to speed up the recovery process. Cervical rehabilitation procedures are often very helpful.

Following a car accident or car crash, a person can benefit from visiting a chiropractor. Every individual is different and people’s ability to heal is different. This is why how chiropractors treat patients is very individualized.  The right treatments will be recommended based on the patient’s condition and needs.