In a Recent Car Accident?

Do you or someone you know have pain from an auto injury?  If left untreated, a car accident injury can lead to long-lasting neck pain and low back pain. Car Accidents can cause whiplash, which means significant injury to the spine from the forces involved and the vulnerable positions our bodies are in while sitting in a car. Due to the body position while sitting, pain from car accident events is common because our ligaments take most of the damage.

The main problem with auto injury is that the whiplash directly damages the ligaments of the spine which significantly affects the stability of the body’s structures.

What is treatment like?

It seems among common knowledge that when someone has pain from car accident they often go see a Chiropractor.  At our clinic, we take it a step further by using Chiropractic Adjustments, Massage Therapy, Home Exercises/Stretches and Deep Tissue Work.  We do our best to help your body pain, neck pain, and whiplash pain improve at max speed. You do not need a referral to begin treatment with Dr. Justin Davis, Dr. Dan Truong, or our massage team after an auto accident.

Simply call to make an appointment or fill out the "Request an Appointment" info on our Home Page.  There is no money out of pocket!  Car accident injury treatment is covered by your car insurance at no cost to you no matter who was at fault! 

Some people are nervous about getting an adjustment by a Chiropractor.  Some prefer only massage treatment. Our doctors are happy to prescribe massage only to treat your auto injury when medically necessary. Patient comfort and satisfaction is our goal! We will never force any type of treatment that you do not want. Having treated plenty of patients with pain from car accident events, our chiropractors know it is not uncommon for a patient to be uneasy about the adjustment process. But our process does not simply include the standard chiropractic adjustment.  We often prescribe massage therapy, physical rehabilitation exercises and stretches, and deep tissue work to the muscles and ligaments to ensure lasting results.  Our unique approach to therapy is comfortable and designed to keep you moving better.

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Does it hurt?

Actually, no it usually does not hurt.  Most people describe treatment as a good feeling afterward.  Soreness is possible, and can easily be remedied with an ice pack at home, as is common with most auto injury cases.  But this soreness is much different than the hurt and pain caused by an auto injury.  The neck pain and whiplash you experience after a car accident injury is very different than that of treatment soreness.  Treatment soreness is a similar feeling to when you start exercising.  You are feel it for 1-2 days after the first 3 sessions, but pretty soon you are no longer sore.  This side effect does not always occur, but is often necessary as we are calming down bad muscles and joints and turning on the good ones for long-term relief of your back and neck pain.  We always tell our patients to drink lots of water and to use ice at home after their first few visits with us to keep the risk of soreness to a minimum.

Auto Injury

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What kind of injuries occur with a car accident?

We have plenty of history specializing in an auto injury care.  Our team have treated a large amount of patients who are suffering from pain from fender benders. From the mild hit-from-behind to the multiple car collision on the highway, each person is affected differently with a car accident injury and severity can vary from person to person.

The majority of the auto injury complaints we treat are whiplash, neck pain, back pain, sprain, and strain injuries. Chiropractic and Massage are the best treatment methods for these injuries; we specialize in treatment of these injuries and we do it every day. This is the most effective treatment for quickly getting rid of pain and keeping it away long-term.

A car crash can cause most any type of body injury, to virtually any part of your body, depending on the circumstances of the crash and the severity of the impact. It is amazing how many patients don’t feel much pain from car accident crashes after the initial injury, but then 1 to 2 weeks later they begin to experience complaints. This classic type of car accident injury pain comes from the gradual worsening of inflammation from the initial trauma, and the body beginning to compensate in its movement patterns from the accident. This delayed pain from the auto injury also comes from the gradual decrease in endorphins and other hormones the body releases after an accident, which work to quiet the pain that would normally be experienced after a whiplash event.

The most common non-life-threatening car accident injuries are:

  • Neck injuries - sprain/whiplash, post-traumatic headache, muscle strain, cervical disc injury, and nerve damage.
  • Back injuries – sprained back, disc injury, nerve damage, muscle strain, sciatica/leg pain, and numbness or tingling.
  • Face and jaw (TMJ) injuries.

The most common types of symptoms from auto injury:

  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Headache
  • Pain into the shoulders, arms, or wrists
  • Sciatica, pain into the legs
  • Numbness and tingling at shoulders, back, arms, and legs
  • Whiplash
  • Sprain, strains

How long does treatment last?

We tell most of our auto injury patients that you should expect anywhere between 1-3 months as a ballpark for treatment for pain from car accident events, even mild fender benders.  This approximate figure is for how long treatment will last to fully heal your body from the whiplash.  We tend to find that  neck pain and shoulder pain takes longer to heal than low back pain, but everyones car accident injury is different.  This type of treatment, including adjustment, massage therapy, and taught home care is a combination that typically yields the fastest results.

Our treatment is geared to have more regular visits at the beginning, and as time goes on it is our intention to decrease how often you come in. Something to think about: it takes 2 months for new connective tissue (muscle and ligament tissue) to fully mature, in which time you need to ensure that you are healing correctly by being in active care with Chiropractic, Exercises, and Massage.

Is there a correlation between how bad the car accident was and how severe my pain is?

The short answer is no. Although generally severe accidents result in more serious injuries, there has been evidence again and again showing little correlation between how bad an accident is and how bad the pain will be - it depends on the individual and circumstances with the accident. Some people can be in a minor accident and have serious injuries, whereas others can be involved in a major accident and walk away virtually unharmed.

What should I do after I’ve been in a car accident?

  1. At the Accident: Make sure everyone is okay; if immediate care is needed dial 9-1-1. If injuries are non-life-threatening, then exchange information with the drivers involved in the accident. Use your phone or a camera to take pictures of the damage to cars, damage to the road or road structures (including skid marks, broken pieces of the cars) and take pictures of any bruising or cuts on you or the other people involved in the accident. Also take pictures of the license plates, and anyone else on scene. Be sure to record names, phone numbers, addresses of all witnesses and the people involved in the accident.
  2. Treatment: schedule an appointment with a doctor; this can be your Primary Care Physician or a Chiropractic Physician. Even if you don’t feel like there is much pain, you should still be seen to make sure there are no underlying injuries and to document your condition. You can schedule an appointment with a Chiropractor up to a few months after the initial accident, although the longer you wait to get treated the more complicated the case usually is in regards to both your injuries and insurance covering treatment (see below).
    1. Take responsibility: You know your body better than anyone else. If you don’t feel right, but your medical doctor says, “You’re fine, it will get better with time and drugs,” then get a second opinion. Many times medical doctors utilize prescription drugs or physical therapy, but this doesn’t treat the underlying cause if your bones and joints and out of alignment and your body movement is compensating. Our treatment involves the natural healing approach, so you can have long-lasting relief. Most injuries don’t heal properly without professional medical help.
  3. Dealing with Insurance: Always be careful when talking to insurance adjusters; although many are good at their job and want to help, it is not uncommon for some of them to be misleading. Yes, they are friendly, but remember their job is ultimately to get the insurance company to pay as little it can. Usually it is best to let your doctor or lawyer do the communicating with the claims adjuster, as it is not uncommon for people to misspeak, which can significant affect the claim.
    1. Important Note: ALSO be careful when posting on Social Media like Facebook or Twitter. Most attorneys recommend stopping all social media until the case is settled. Things you put out to the public can be used against you in regards to how the accident has affected you; it is the easiest way for insurance companies to hurt your claim.
      1. Example: a driver boasts on Facebook about “being fine” after an accident, however pain doesn’t begin until a week later. This person also deletes the post about “being fine.” Insurance can deny treatment because the person “wasn’t hurt from the accident” and the deleting of the post may be considered by court to be “spoliation” (deliberately destroying of evidence related to the case).

Request an Appointment Today!

Don't wait!  If you have been in an auto accident, even if it was your fault, complete an Auto Injury Claim with your auto-insurance provider and schedule an appointment with us today!


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9900 SW Greenburg Rd, Suite 185
Tigard, OR 97223
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