Even a minor car accident can cause long-lasting damage to your spine. At Atkinson Chiropractic in Turlock, California, family chiropractor David Atkinson, DC, works with lawyers and insurance companies to ensure you receive the quality care you deserve after an auto accident. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to learn more about auto injuries.

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What are the most common auto injuries?

If you suffer an auto injury, you should visit an emergency room right away. Emergency care addresses the immediate effects of auto injuries. However, complications from automobile impact can develop weeks, even months, after the initial accident.

At Atkinson Chiropractic, your experienced chiropractor can diagnose and treat common auto injuries, such as:


Whiplash is a traumatic neck injury that commonly occurs during car accidents. It occurs when your head bends forward and backward rapidly. This sudden jerking motion can damage your neck’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Pain ranges from mild to severe, depending on the intensity of the injury.

Back injuries

An auto accident can damage any part of the spine. Due to its flexibility, the lumbar spine (lower back) is especially vulnerable to muscle strains, vertebral fractures, and herniated discs.


Even minor car accidents can cause fractures, or bone breaks, from impact. The arms, clavicle (collarbone), tibia (lower leg), and back are among the most injured areas after auto accidents.

How do I know if I need chiropractic care for auto injuries?

Many injuries heal on their own after an automobile accident, but there are signs you may benefit from chiropractic treatment, such as:

  • Chronic pain that lasts for more than three months
  • Diminished mobility
  • Limited range of motion
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms and legs
  • Stiffness in the neck or back
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Visible swelling

If you’re experiencing aches and pains after a car accident, your provider at Atkinson Chiropractic can perform a comprehensive evaluation.

What are chiropractic treatments for auto injuries?

Atkinson Chiropractic takes a conservative approach to auto injury care. Spinal manipulation involves gently and precisely stretching the spine to relieve joint pain, reduce stiffness, and promote blood circulation to your tissues. Common techniques your provider may use include:

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Activator Technique
  • Thompson Drop
  • Palmer Diversified Technique
  • Cox Flexion Distraction
  • Heat and ice therapy
  • Myofascial therapy

The practice works with lawyers and insurance companies to ensure you receive the best care possible. If necessary, your chiropractor can refer you to other providers.

Call Atkinson Chiropractic or schedule an appointment online to learn more about auto injuries.