First Steps and What To Expect

Car accident injuries vary from minor to severe. You won’t feel the full extent of your injuries until hours or days after the accident so it can be difficult to know what to expect. We will evaluate you and determine your course of treatment on your first visit.

Treatment & Recovery Facts

  • Each case and body is different. Since accident injuries affect each body part differently, no two types of recovery are the same.
  • You’ll want to get an evaluation immediately.
  • Accident injuries heal faster if you carefully follow our advice and participate in the recommended therapy as directed.
  • Treatment and recovery after injuries depend on the affected body part and the severity of the injury.

Neck Injuries

  • Injuries can range from mild neck strain to subluxation of vertebrae (the bones of the spine).
  • Whiplash symptoms can last several weeks. Recovery time will vary depending on the needed treatment and extent of damage.

Back & Spine Injuries

  • Back and spine injuries will occur due to the force of the accident.
    • The small discs along your spine can be misplaced or pushed out of alignment.
    • Soft tissue injuries, such as back muscles and tendons, can be strained or pulled. Ligaments can be sprained.
  • Minor muscle strains should heal within weeks with the proper treatments.
  • Muscle tears that need surgery may require therapy and months to heal.

Recovery times will vary and we can estimate a time frame after your exam. Factors such as age, health status, and treatment play a large role.

Common Physical Symptoms

Headaches (Very Common)

  • These can start immediately or a few days later.

Neck, Shoulder, or Back Pain

  • Shoulder and neck pain are common after an impact.
  • The pain may be in one location or radiate down the arms or legs.


  • Trauma to your body such as tissue damage, pulled muscles and sprains can often cause swelling, which we address with therapies and medicine when needed.
  • Inflammation can cause a lot of stiffness and pain that treatment can relieve.

You may experience other types of symptoms such as mood changes, ringing in your ears, trouble concentrating or remembering, or blurry vision or dizziness.

How To Help Improve Your Recovery Time

Get an evaluation &
start treatment immediately.

Carefully follow all recommendations.

Get enough sleep.

Eat a healthy diet.

Take steps to reduce stress.