After an auto accident that might not have caused serious damage, individuals often believe that they’re fine only to find out later that there is a serious injury. How do these hidden injuries happen?  It is because of the body’s fight or flight response that it activates into high gear. It does whatever is necessary to get out of harm’s way. The result is that individuals might not realize/discover that they have been injured until after the dangerous circumstances have passed. Auto accident doctors and chiropractors are very familiar with these types of hidden injuries.

The injuries sustained from non-damage-causing auto accidents are often not visible. This can be internal injuries and joint and muscle misalignments that can often only be seen through extensive x-rays, MRIs, or detailed physical examination. However, a professional chiropractor can determine the root causes of an injury from a single consultation.

Auto Accident Hidden Injuries and Bio-Chiropractic Care/Rehabilitation

Hidden Injuries


Some injuries, like delayed whiplash, do not present immediately because it can take days for symptoms to develop. This is the most common injury caused by an auto accident. This is when the head snaps back and then forward rapidly/violently during a collision. The jolting back-and-forth motion causes muscle strain, sprain, which can stretch and/or tear the tendons and muscles in the neck. The injury can be worsened as the individual does not realize that they have this injury, and they turn, rotate, and crane their necks like normal. Symptoms include:

  • A stiff/tight neck
  • Dull neck pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Shoulder stiffness, aches, and pain

It is recommended to see a doctor or chiropractor as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.

Muscle, Tendon, and Ligament Injuries

Muscle, tendon, and/or ligament injuries can happen due to whiplash, but they can also happen in other parts of the body like the hands, elbows, knees, and ankles.

Contact Injuries Bruises and Swelling

Drivers and passengers can bruise and swell from contact with hard surfaces like the steering wheel, dashboard, and doors. Seat belts can also cause injury from quick/rapid braking or a crash.


This is when the brain forcefully makes contact with the skull resulting in bruising/injury to the brain. It is recommended to see a doctor immediately if any of the following  are experienced after an auto accident:

  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance/equilibrium when standing and walking
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty remembering things

Spinal Trauma

The spine can sustain separate injury/s or trauma as a result of an auto accident. This includes:

  • Dislocation/s
  • Fractures
  • Compressed vertebrae
  • Crushed vertebrae
  • More symptoms can present after the shock wears off.
  • This often reveals severe, debilitating injury/s that affect the nerves and muscle control of different organs and body parts.

Bio-Chiropractic Treatment and Rehabilitation

One of the most effective and recommended ways to relieve pain and properly heal hidden injuries is chiropractic treatment and rehabilitation. A professional chiropractor can prevent further injuries from developing while easing and alleviating current pain.

No Medication Necessary

More people are becoming addicted to prescription medications following accidents and other trauma. Chiropractic care treats the cause of pain without medications. This allows the body to heal naturally and for movement to come back naturally.

Reduces Long Term Pain

Many continue to deal with back, neck, and other chronic pain conditions after an accident. Chiropractic gets to the root of the problem. A chiropractor will recommend exercises and stretches to keep the body strong and flexible to help prevent pain. The therapy sessions manipulate the body and help naturally restore the body’s total range of movement.

Reduces Scar Tissue

After the body goes through a trauma like an auto accident, muscles and ligaments can be stretched and torn. This can cause areas of internal scar tissue can develop. This can limit movement. Chiropractic helps reduce scar tissue by keeping the tissues loose and relaxed. This allows a normal range of movement.

Inflammation Alleviation

Auto injury/s can lead to long-term inflammation that can make life miserable. Chiropractors are trained to spot hidden micro-tears that x-rays are not able to scan. However, it is microscopic tears inside the muscles that are often the leading cause of inflammation. With physical manipulation, the body will be able to rerelease IL-6 substances naturally. This is a vital anti-inflammatory.

Healthy Body Composition

Personalized Functional Medicine

Personalized functional medicine is a new model of medicine that considers an individualized approach when making health recommendations. The body works as an integrated system, not as individual parts. This form of medicine combines new technology approaches, including recent gene expression and life and behavioral sciences discoveries. Personalized functional medicine looks at the subject of nutrigenomics. Nutrigenomics is defined as the relationship between nutrients and gene expression. Like identifying individual body composition, nutrigenomics testing can help individuals understand how dietary components influence their genes. This can help prevent the development of chronic diseases.


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