Auto Injuries and Chiropractic

Most MVA injuries involve muscular or ligamentous sprains or strains which are best treated using chiropractic. Appropriate care for these injuries will promote a speedy recovery and limit time off work and loss of income. It is also important to realize because of the known effectiveness of chiropractic care, the cost of chiropractic treatments for MVA injuries are fully covered by your auto insurance company.

According to the Insurance Research Council, nearly 1/3 of all claimants injured in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) seek treatment from doctors of chiropractic. This is impressive given that the National Safety Council (NSC) has determined there to be more than 12 million MVA’s annually, involving more than 20 million vehicles.

Many studies have also found individuals injured in MVA’s prefer chiropractic care for the treatment of their injuries. One such study (headaches arising from disorders of the cervical spine) by Ball and Lansek (1988) evaluated 190 whiplash injury victims and found those who received chiropractic care reported treatment satisfaction of 100%. (Hopkins A, ed. Headache: Problem in Diagnosis and Management. London: WB Saunders; 1988.)

Automobile/motor vehicle accidents can result in a number of very diverse and complex injuries and symptoms. This is due to the diversity of factors involved with each MVA – i.e. vectors of the collision, size of vehicles involved, pre-existing health conditions etc.

The following list comprises many of the most commonly sustained injuries and symptoms following MVA’s:



·Back pain

·Head injuries and associated symptoms

·Extremity pain, numbness, tingling

·Factors influencing injury tolerance

When treatments focus solely on pain-relief and not tissue rehabilitation, or when patients fail to comply with the prescribed treatment plan, the chronicity of problems becomes highly likely.

The chiropractic approach to treating whiplash injuries is highly successful compared with other health care professionals because chiropractors focus on rehabilitating the injured tissues and restoring optimal function. This is reflected in the high patient satisfaction scores that chiropractors have received in “patient satisfaction surveys” performed on MVA patients.