Why You Should Always See a Chiropractor After a Car Accident, Even If You Don't Feel Pain Yet

Even low-speed, fender bender-type auto accidents generate significant force, enough to cause soft tissue injury. Yet, this damage is often hidden because of the way your body responds to the sudden and surprising event. Adrenaline and endorphins are released instantly after a collision. While the effects of these natural chemicals can help you cope with the shock of the accident, they can prolong the onset of pain and injury. Soft tissue injuries themselves can take days to develop into pain-causing conditions. 

Seeing a chiropractor after a car accident can help identify injuries caused by car accidents, problems that can get worse without treatment. Soft tissue injuries to connective tissues, muscles, ligaments, or tendons can cause lifelong discomfort and limit long-term mobility. 

A visit to Tropea Chiropractic Inc. is a smart move to assure you’re not carrying damage that could have long-term consequences. Dr. Tony Tropea and his team are ready to help you with an examination, diagnosis, and treatment often before the worst of the pain comes. Chiropractic care helps your body reset so that it’s in the best position to recover and repair any auto accident injuries. 

Common injuries resulting from auto accidents

Certain combinations of soft tissue injury frequently appear after collisions, even when you feel fine immediately after. Here are three of the most common conditions you might experience. 


Whiplash is a type of soft tissue injury that frequently results from car accidents. Whiplash occurs when your head and neck experience a sudden back-and-forth jerking motion, like the cracking of a whip. It stretches the muscles and ligaments in your neck and upper back. 

Whiplash can damage your vertebrae, ligaments, muscles, and even the nerves in your back. The pain won’t typically emerge immediately, but you’ll likely experience one or more of the following symptoms within the next few days after your injury, though it could take longer:

Back injuries

The forces created by a collision push or twist the small discs along your spine out of alignment. You can also experience back sprains or strains as the result of a car accident. A back sprain stretches or tears a ligament, a fibrous band of tissue that connects two or more bones at a joint. A back strain over-stretches or tears muscles or tendons, the tough bands of fibrous connective tissue that attach muscle to bone.

Nerve compression from a back injury can radiate pain and other sensations to your buttocks and legs. They can also cause stiffness and muscle spasms while making it difficult to maintain regular posture, walk normally, or bend as you usually would.

Shoulder injuries

Shoulder injuries resulting from car accidents often affect your rotator cuff. These occur when your shoulder is forced into an unnatural position during the collision. Rotator cuff injuries occur when the tendons tear or overstretch as the result of the impact of the accident.

Symptoms of rotator cuff damage vary depending on the severity of your injury. Signs can include a dull ache deep in your shoulder, pain during sleep when you lie on the injured shoulder, difficulty reaching behind your back, and arm weakness. 

Once the immediate aftermath of your collision is over, contact Tropea Chiropractic to schedule an exam with Dr. Tropea, even if you feel fine. A quick chiropractic adjustment can restore balance and alignment to your body. If you feel pain at all, it may be less severe than it would be otherwise. Don’t wait for pain. Contact Tropea Chiropractic by phone or online today. 

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