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Headaches after a Car Accident

Have headaches and migraines after an auto accident injury? You need to see your chiropractor!

Every year six million Americans are involved in car crashes. The figure for Vancouver and Clark County is about 7700. While the majority of the six million people in the US and the 7700 people in Vancouver and Clark County who are in auto accidents walk away without an obvious auto accident injury, many will suffer headaches and migraines for months or years afterward, without ever knowing the reason why. Here are three things our chiropractor Dr. Michael Pettet and associates at Back & Neck Care Chiropractic in Vancouver, WA, want you to know about chiropractic care after auto accident injury.


The damage done by auto accident injury usually isn't obvious for weeks or months.

Even if you are only involved in a fender bender, chances are you will suffer some degree of whiplash. Every car crash involves your car coming to a sudden halt, but your body will always keep moving forward until it is restrained by a seat belt, an air bag, the dashboard, the windshield, or a more dangerous object.

In every car accident, a person's spine is affected. This can cause direct damage to the spine that is evident on an x-ray. It can also cause tiny tears in the muscles of your neck. Your muscles will repair themselves by clearing out injured tissue with swelling and inflammation, but this may not happen for days, weeks, or even months. Since the muscles in your neck are attached directly to your spine, inflammation in the muscles can pull your spine out of alignment. In turn, the muscle wrapping your jaw and forehead can cause intense pain that you experience as headaches. However, you may not experience these headaches and migraines until the auto accident injury that caused them is a distant memory.

Your chiropractor is a specialist in treating auto accident injury.

Chiropractors are specialists in the alignment of the spine. They have a number of techniques for restoring proper alignment that takes pressure off of nerves and muscles, relieving pain without surgery or medications.

Your chiropractor is also an expert in the diagnosis of subtle injuries to the spine and muscles that cause headaches and migraines. A trip to the chiropractor's office results in the detection of correctable injuries that make a huge difference in your long-term pain-free daily wellbeing.

The best time to see your chiropractor is now.

When you have an auto accident injury, make an appointment with your chiropractor right away. The sooner you start treatment, the sooner you will get well. In many cases, your auto insurance, rather than your health insurance, will pick up the entire cost of your treatment.

Our chiropractor Dr. Michael Pettet and associates at Back & Neck Care are here to help.

Request an appointment with Back & Neck Care Chiropractic online today. Or call us at (360) 253-6674). Back and Neck Care Chiropractic's offices are located at 11516 SE Mill Plain Blvd Suite 2C, Vancouver, WA 98684.

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