Should You See a Chiropractor after an auto Accident?

The answer is yes. A chiropractor can alleviate pain from soft muscle tissue injuries, bones being out of alignment, and nerves being pinched.

It is important to see a chiropractor as soon after the injury as possible so your body can begin the healing process. The longer you wait, the more possibility of serious, long-lasting issues and pain.

If the accident was caused by someone else and you plan to pursue legal action against them, you will need a professional diagnosis and thorough documentation of all your injuries and treatments.

Our goal is to help you restore your health and well-being to as close as pre-accident condition as possible.

We will be sure to provide all the documentation you need for your case and work with your attorney to receive compensation from the insurance company.

Westwood Chiropractic specializes in assisting Kansas and Missouri car crash victims with the medical support they need to recover quickly and safely.

personal injury accident

Westwood Chiropractic has over 35 years of experience treating auto accident injuries in the Greater Kansas City area.

We will help you navigate the personal injury process and help you protect yourself and your rights.

We offer same-day appointments and will work with your schedule to make sure you get the care you need.

You can trust Westwood Chiropractic’s injury doctors to design a treatment plan for you and help you obtain the money you deserve.


What type of Injuries can auto accidents cause?

There are many different types of injuries that can be sustained when you are involved in a car accident. Obviously, a severe impact will cause severe injuries, but even minor car accidents can cause debilitating damage to your body.

Three factors that affect the severity of injuries

  • The type of accident i.e. single-vehicle accident, rear-end collision, or T-bone.
  • How fast the involved vehicles were traveling at the time of impact.
  • Were seat belts in use?


Common injuries in collisions

  • Whiplash (the most common injury in auto accidents)
  • Soft-tissue injuries
  • Bruises
  • Lacerations
  • Sprains and strains
  • Concussions
  • Fractures
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injury
How Soon After an Auto Accident Should I See a Doctor?

You may find after your accident that you aren’t fully aware of all the areas of your body that are hurt, but after a day or two or even a week or two, pain and stiffness set in. This is because your body’s natural response to trauma is to release adrenaline and other hormones, which naturally helps you not feel pain during the trauma. However, as the adrenaline and hormones wear off, you will feel more pain and discover more injuries. 

At Westwood Chiropractic, we recommend contacting us within 72 hours after a crash to set up an assessment appointment.

If the accident was not your fault, it is especially important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Usually, insurance companies will only allow a short period of time to get treatment for injuries caused by an accident. Once that time period is up, it will be difficult to receive compensation for your injuries and medical bills. 

Insurance companies want to pay out as little as possible. If you wait too long to see a doctor or chiropractor, they will take the approach that you were not injured enough to need compensation or that you could have hurt yourself in an unrelated incident days or weeks later and refuse to pay. Therefore, it’s imperative that you see a doctor immediately, even if you don’t think you are injured.  It is better to be proactive and protect your rights.

We will do a thorough evaluation to determine if you have suffered an injury in the crash. 

Why is Chiropractic Care the Best Choice After a Car Accident?

Not all injuries are the same. Some are visual and some are not. If you have visual injuries such as broken bones, cuts, or organ injuries, you should go to an emergency room or specialist in those areas. However, when it comes to non-visible soft-tissue and musculoskeletal issues, regular doctors will usually only prescribe pain medications that don’t really solve the issue and can cause negative side effects. They may even advise surgery that could be avoided with chiropractic care. Chiropractors specialize in musculoskeletal injuries and soft-tissue damage. As we said before, whiplash is the most common injury in an auto accident and a perfect example of a non-visible injury that could come back to haunt you, so please do not ignore any symptoms.

Westwood Chiropractic specializes in reducing pain symptoms naturally by readjusting your body to its correct, optimum ability, and restoring function and the natural flow of energy. We believe in natural treatments and techniques that repair and reverse damage from an injury. We use a combination of manual adjustment and instrument-assisted adjustment techniques and different therapies to help our patients recover and get back to living their best. 

Dr. Downing will diagnose your condition and then design a personalized treatment plan tailored to your individual injuries and needs.

Our Services

Chiropractic Therapy

As chiropractors who care about utilizing the most advanced chiropractic techniques, the Drs. of Westwood Chiropractic have years of training, expertise, and experience in helping patients get pain relief for back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other related conditions originating from the spine.

Functional Movement Systems

If an individual possesses fundamental movement weaknesses, he or she is at risk for injury in the future due to the repeated faulty movement pattern. The FMS screen seeks to identify these faulty movement patterns so these movement patterns can be improved to enhance performance and prevent future injury.

Corrective Exercises

At Westwood Chiropractic, we teach patients how to perform exercises which can help strengthen and correct the irregularities in their body that may be causing them pain. Many of these corrective exercises can be performed in the comfort of your own home.

Decompression Therapy

Spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. It works by gently stretching the spine. This changes the position of the vertebrae and takes pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine. 

Flexion - Distraction Technique

Flexion-Distraction, (F/D) is a gentle, chiropractic treatment procedure utilized for back and neck pain.  Flexion- Distraction is a safe alternative to back surgery for those 95% of patients whose conditions do not demand surgical intervention.  The doctor is in control of the treatment movements at all times.

Nutrition Counseling

The goal of chiropractic care is to help patients achieve total health and balance with their body, and as part of that goal we provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices.

“Westwood Chiropractic Care Gave Me Back My Life!”

About Us

At Westwood Chiropractic, our doctors and staff will help you discover the true wellness lifestyle, relief from pain, and overall good health. We will show you the natural way to better health and we are convinced that you will see why chiropractic is a safe and effective alternative to back pain or even surgery.

We begin with a thorough examination to assess your areas of concern, as well as carefully consider your health history. In order to make an accurate diagnosis, we may take x-rays of your back and neck. Only after this initial examination will we offer a recommended course of treatment. Based on the analysis of your initial examination, your treatment could consist of chiropractic adjustments, modalities, therapeutic massage, disc decompression, nutritional counseling and rehabilitation.

We are thrilled to offer many different aspects of chiropractic care. Please take a moment to enjoy our website and get to know our incredible team of health professionals. If you have any questions, click the Contact Us button above or feel free to give us a call.

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4711 Mission Road, Westwood KS 66205