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Auto Accident Chiropractic in Marietta

Woman with sore neck from car accidentWhether you’ve been in a minor fender bender or a serious auto accident, it’s crucial that you get evaluated as soon as possible. That’s because there’s significant tissue damage that can affect you long term.

Many people make the mistake of just waiting it out. They see if they will get better. As time passes, you can feel pain weeks, months and years later. You may not even realize that it’s related to your accident because you think that you felt okay afterward. Because of adrenaline and shock, you don’t realize that you require medical attention.

Here are some of the symptoms you may experience if you don’t get the care you need:

  • Numbness
  • Shoulder pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tension

But It Was Just a Minor Accident

You may say, “The accident was minor, so I don’t need to get checked.” For example, an individual could be driving at 15 mph when they got hit from behind. That person may think that because there was only slight damage to their vehicle, their injury may not be severe. But according to research, even a minor accident can tear the ligaments and tendons in the neck. The development of symptoms can be months to years later. It’s common for symptoms not to show up for years.

According to some medical research, those in an auto accident are at much higher risk for many issues in the future. These include headaches, degeneration, arthritis and neuropathy.

Providing Gentle Adjustments

If we can get you corrected and aligned following an accident, you’re going to be much better off long term even if some of that scar tissue does form. The scar tissue should be forming in a lined-up position, not in a misaligned position.

If you’re in pain following an auto accident, you may be concerned about what an adjustment will feel like. Not to worry. Our upper cervical technique is light, gentle and highly specific.

Patient getting xray

Why the Upper Cervical Technique?

The upper cervical spine is often going to be damaged during a whiplash injury. The top part of the spine has a unique set of bones. We have a very specific 3D way of X-raying it and looking at it. The upper cervical adjustment is specifically designed to correct that part of the spine. The adjustment helps to re-center the head back over the top of the body to bring everything else back into alignment.

The adjustment also helps normalize the blood flow and fluid flow in and around the brain. The result is people can function better.

We also perform some soft tissue work and extremity adjusting (if you have ankle, knee, foot or shoulder problems). Manual traction or trigger point work can also be provided.

The Chiropractic Approach vs. the Medical Model

The majority of auto accident-related injuries are related to soft tissue damage. If you see your primary care physician following an accident, you will likely be given a prescription and told to take it easy for a few weeks.

The problem with this approach is it doesn’t address the injury. Taking painkillers and muscle relaxers doesn’t resolve an injury; it just masks the symptoms to help you function better with the injury. Chiropractic care, however, addresses your injury. Best of all it’s a drug-free approach.

Helping One Couple Recover Post-Accident

A husband and wife were rear-ended in a serious car accident. They experienced many symptoms-particularly neck pain and headaches-for about a year. They also had brain fog and difficulty concentrating at work. The couple also found it challenging to perform everyday movements like bending or twisting.

The Importance of Specialized Imaging

While the couple had gone to physical therapists and other chiropractors for care, they were still having issues. The MRIs that were taken didn’t reveal much damage, which didn’t match up to what they were experiencing.

Dr. Berner sent them to get some more specialized MRI imaging, which finds things that normal imaging doesn’t. “We imaged something that wasn’t going to be visualized on a standard MRI. We’re looking at a way that’s going to show something that 99% of people aren’t even going to look for,” he said.

The radiologist read the MRI and some different findings were revealed. Those results provided critical information for Dr. Berner to help him know what approach to take in their care. Dr. Berner performed upper cervical chiropractic on both of them, and the husband and wife responded well. The couple was under care for 3-4 months. Both have been able to get their life back.

Schedule an Appointment Today

By seeking chiropractic care following an auto accident, you are giving your body the best possible opportunity to heal and recover as quickly as possible. So, if you require auto accident care Marietta, don’t delay.

Our chiropractic office can help manage your type of case. We can guide you through the paperwork, recovery and insurance process. The only thing you should focus on is healing and returning to the things in life you enjoy!


Auto Accident Chiropractic Marietta GA | (770) 726-9968