Chiropractor after a Minor Accident?

Should I See a Chiropractor After a Minor Accident?

By: Dr. Bryan Stotz

car-accident-3It is not uncommon for someone to come into our office with a chronic issue and a history of a “minor” car accident years ago, or for an existing member of
our practice to experience an unusual increase in their symptoms, only to find out they were in a “fender bender” a few weeks back. While a fender bender may only leave minor damage to your car, your body is a different story. In fact, the less damage sustained by your car means the more your body absorbed the impact. This makes it vital to get checked by a chiropractor after an accident.


Following a major accident, most everyone can agree that going to the emergency room is a good idea. However, what most do not realize is that minor accidents can cause long term issues, weeks, months, or even years later. A study out of Yale University found that accidents occurring at a speed of just 8.2 MPH or more causes significant damage to the spine and surrounding muscles, ligaments, and tendons (Davis, 1998). This means that bones can shift out of alignment or become restricted in their motion putting pressure on the nerves that leave the spine. This not only causes pain but also can lead to degenerative changes to the spine and further health problems down the road


It is important to get your spine checked following any sort of accident, no matter how “minor” it may seem. What do you think happens to your spine if you were to trip while walking down the sidewalk or were wrestling too hard with your kids over the weekend? Muscle aches, soreness, pain, headaches, and other symptoms associated with accidents may not occur until 24-72 hours after the accident. Just because you are not in pain does not mean you shouldn’t consider professional treatment.


  • Reduces pain– By restoring your body’s natural alignment and taking pressure off the nerves, reducing stress on the body.
  • Restores motion- By restoring motion to your spine chiropractic care can get you back to doing the things you love to do, quicker.
  • Prevents further damage- by restoring your body’s natural alignment, shifting your body’s weight back to the normal weight-bearing areas of the spine, it prevents further degeneration and all the chronic symptoms that come with it.

Following any accident we would be happy to take a series of motion study X-rays. This allows us to determine exactly what’s working and what’s not and tailor our care directly to your needs.

*Davis, C.G. Rear-end impacts: vehicle and occupant response. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 1998, 21(9): 629-39.*