Recent Car Accident? Here’s what you should do.

Neck and back pain are an inevitable part of a car accident. Here’s your strategy to avoid lasting or permanent pain.

We all wake up to the hustle and bustle of American life. Almost all of us over-stressed, over-caffeinated, under-slept and in every way rushed. And, every day, we get behind the wheel, and all those parts of American life coming crashing together – often literally. If you’re one of the millions of Americans recently suffering from a car accident back injury, the hoops of navigating life are all the more complicated. But here’s the thing – not seeing a chiropractor after a crash could mean those aches and pains become disfiguring, permanent maladies from which you could suffer throughout your life. You need to see a chiropractor, and here’s why.

The Crash

During a crash, your body is subject to all the kinetic forces that pass through your vehicle at the point of an impact. Even in minor accidents, consider the force of all the weight of mid-sized sedan smacking into you at even 7 miles an hour. The transfer of that force migrates through the entire vehicle, with you getting slammed into an airbag and yanked by your seat belt (assuming you’re wearing it). Neck pain following a car accident is unsurprising, as during the event, your neck acts like a whip, with the weight of your skull being pulled towards the collision point, tearing tendons, ripping muscles – or worse. Severe accidents could mean that your entire body and the whole length of your spine could be subject to the same frightening outcome, forcing a long road to recovery.

In minor auto accidents, however, many people assume that their body will naturally overcome the associated injuries, assuming their seemingly minor back pain will resolve with time. Inaction after a car accident is, however, the worst decision a person could make.

Our evolution designed us for certain responses to things found in the natural environment. One adaptation arising from that history, our “fight or flight” mechanism, intersects with how our bodies respond in car crashes. In the aftermath of a crash, your sympathetic nervous system immediately begins secreting biochemicals to temper pain and to heighten awareness. A number of these when secreted, grant the body an impressive ability to bypass our normal pain reception. In evolutionary terms this meant that, in the event of the sudden discovery of a dangerous predator, we could still mount a fight or run even with severe injury. Since our body was designed with a predator in mind, rather than the difficult conversation we might have with a police officer or a neighbor after an accident, often people are not even aware of the extent of their injuries until long after the event itself. Even in psychology, post traumatic stress may emerge only in the long term, well after the event.

The bottom line? A back injury from a car accident is nothing to ignore. You need to see a Chiropractor, no matter the severity.

Why a Chiropractor?

Chiropractors are trained physicians, subject to the same rigorous standards required of medical doctors. While they specialize in the treatment of spinal disorders, they are at the forefront of the nation’s strategy in pain management. Common medical interventions, such as the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or worse, opioid medications, simply mask pain, rather than addressing it at its origin. Your chiropractor, Dr. Malka Carlucci, instead treats you as a whole person, working to help you recover by addressing the root cause of your pain.

The treatment practices employed by Dr. Carlucci are proven by the scientific record. According to a study found within the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), which included over 6,000 subjects, “… over 90% [of patients] report high satisfaction with their care” and few require the use of pain-relieving narcotics.

With respect to auto accident back injuries, another study found at the NCBI, indicated “a significant decrease in pain and [an] increase in movement” stemming from chiropractic intervention. It further emphasizes that “chiropractors are well suited to the management of injury from motor vehicle accidents” with the caveat that “early treatment may improve the treatment outcome”.

The Road to Recovery

Following a car accident, Dr. Malka Carlucci will conduct a thorough examination, testing for the extent of your injuries through direct observation and the evaluation of your mobility. Comprehensive imaging, to ensure the most efficacious treatment protocol, will likely be ordered based on her findings. Auto accident pain coming from any part of the body will be addressed: neck, shoulder, midback, lower back, sciatic – the entire gamut. Common treatment of pain and suffering stemming from a car accident would include light body work, massage therapy, spinal decompression, and chiropractic manipulation or adjustments, and more.

If you’re looking to find a chiropractor in the Greater Salt Lake Area, Dr. Malka Carlucci is your best choice! Schedule a time with the clinic by calling our office or request a time directly through our website.

We look forward to treating you!

Discover Natural Pain Management at Canyon Creek Chiropractic

If you’re ready to discover a whole new way of life made possible by spending just a few minutes a week with a chiropractor, call us today at (801) 943-0932 to schedule a free new patient consultation with Dr. Carlucci. We proudly serve the Cottonwood Heights, Midvale, Sandy, Holladay, Murray, Granite and West Jordan, UT.


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Hurwitz, E. et al. 2002, October. A Randomized Trial of Chiropractic Manipulation and Mobilization for Patients With Neck Pain: Clinical Outcomes From the UCLA Neck-Pain Study. Retrieved from National Center for Biotechnology Information:

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