Motor vehicle accidents – even seemingly minor ones – can cause significant disability and painful symptoms. Dr. Brad Mouroux has significant experience treating injuries from motor vehicle accidents, helping patients at Spine and Injury Medical Center relieve painful symptoms and enjoy greater mobility and better health and wellness. Dr. Brad’s office is in West San Jose, CA, but he serves patients from all the surrounding areas including Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Cambrian Park, and Willow Glen.

Motor Vehicle Accident Q & A

What techniques do chiropractors use to treat car accident injuries?

Motor vehicle accidents can cause many different types of injuries, and chiropractors are skilled in a wide variety of techniques to treat and relieve these issues and to provide both immediate and long-term relief of symptoms. Most car accidents involve impact injuries to the soft tissues and nerves of the back and neck. Chiropractors use spinal adjustments to realign the spine and relieve inflammation and irritation that can be caused by both direct and indirect impact injuries. In addition, physical therapy and massage therapy can be used to relieve pain, improve mobility and strength, and promote natural healing responses following a car accident. Chiropractic care can be especially helpful in treating injuries from motor vehicle accidents because it uses a holistic, whole-patient approach that helps rebalance the spine so multiple symptoms can be improved.

What kinds of medical problems and injuries can be caused by motor vehicle accidents?

Most car and truck accidents involve some degree of impact when one vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object. These impacts can cause many different types of injuries, including bruising, lacerations, fractures, sprains and strains, as well as nerve damage in the back and neck. Even relatively brief or minor impacts can result in jolts that can cause the head and neck to snap back and forth, resulting in whiplash injuries and symptoms like pain and numbness radiating into the arms. Stiffness in the muscles and joints is another common result of car accidents – even minor ones.

Should I see a chiropractor even if the accident was minor?

Yes. Many car accidents may seem minor at first, but they can cause tearing of nerves and soft tissues that may not show up until days or weeks after the accident occurs. Seeing a chiropractor after an accident ensures patients are thoroughly evaluated for any type of injury, even subtle ones, as well as receiving care that can prevent relatively minor issues from becoming major medical issues. Plus, by seeing a chiropractor immediately after a motor vehicle accident, a medical record of care is established that can be used for insurance or legal purposes.