Chapter 5: Goals of Chiropractic Care After a Motor Vehicle Accident

Car Accident

Your goal in visiting a chiropractor (DC) and embarking on a chiropractic treatment plan is usually to relieve pain. Your chiropractor has that same goal; however, he or she also has several other chiropractic goals that can benefit you in the long-term.

Your DC’s goal is to realign and treat your conditions through nonsurgical, drug-free manual manipulations to allow your body to heal naturally. With that in mind, chiropractic care has several short-term and long-term goals for your overall health and well-being.

Short-Term Chiropractic Goals

The short-term chiropractic goals are usually straightforward. The DC wants to reduce or alleviate the pain you are experiencing from the car accident by realignment of your spine. In addition, through adjustments and hand manipulation, the chiropractor seeks to restore normal joint function and muscle balance. Through ongoing chiropractic treatments, your body can begin to heal itself so that you feel better and stronger.

Long-Term Goals of Chiropractic Care

The purpose of your chiropractic care is to focus on your long-term goals in addition to the short-term goal of relieving pain. Your DC will also focus on improving your tolerance to normal daily activities to help you get back to a normal routine after sustaining injuries in a car accident.

Restoring functional independence is an important goal for long-term health and well-being. While it is important to relieve pain to encourage you to remain active, it is also important to address any underlying problems that could limit or hinder your ability to recover fully from car accident injuries.

Three Goals of a Chiropractic Treatment Plan

There are three main goals of any chiropractic treatment plan:

  • Pain Reduction

During the initial phase of your treatment plan, the goal is to reduce your pain level. Most car accident victims visit a chiropractor because they are in pain. In some cases, a patient may visit a DC because the painkillers prescribed by a physician are not working, or they do not like how the painkillers make them feel. While every patient is different, many patients experience a reduction in pain within two weeks.

If continued chiropractic care does not significantly reduce pain, further evaluation and modification of the treatment plan might be necessary. In some cases, a chiropractor refers a patient for additional testing and treatment if the chiropractic treatments are not providing the relief expected.

  • Improving Function

During the next phase of your treatment plan, after your pain has been reduced, it is time to work on restoring your flexibility and strength. The goal of restoring flexibility and strength is to improve the function of your neuromuscular skeleton. The DC wants to bring you to the point of performing most normal daily activities without aggravating your symptoms. While working to improve function, you work with your chiropractor as a team with the goal of improving your health. The number of visits to your DC may decrease as you continue with a home exercise program recommended by the DC to continue to improve your balance, strength, and function.

  • Maintaining Health

Your chiropractor wants to help you maintain your health after you have recovered from the injuries sustained in a car accident. During the Wellness Phase of your chiropractic care, your DC works with you to help you continue the good health and wellness you achieved during the first two phases of your chiropractic treatment plan. Your chiropractor provides routine examinations to check for muscle and joint dysfunction that, if left untreated, may result in serious problems that could impact your work, daily activities, and lifestyle. After working diligently to heal from car accident injuries, you want to continue the investment in your health by receiving regular wellness care.

If you have been injured, The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team can help you recover compensation for your injuries, including compensation for physical therapy, surgery, and chiropractic care. If you suffer a personal injury or are involved in a work-related accident, and Pinder Plotkin agrees to take your case, you do not pay a dime unless there is a recovery by settlement or judgment.  Please call us today at (410) 661-9440 or online.


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14 comments on “Chapter 5: Goals of Chiropractic Care After a Motor Vehicle Accident

  1. If I got into a car crash, who knows how I would be feeling physically afterward. Chances are, it would probably be a good idea to go see a chiropractor to have my back and neck looked at. They would be able to help me reduce any pain that I’d be experiencing.

  2. Ashley says:

    I liked that you said that one reason to consider going to the chiropractor is that the professional will be able to help you maintain your health after receiving injuries from a car accident. I have been trying to find ways to help relieve myself of the back pain that I acquired from work but I haven’t been successful. I will be sure to consider going to a chiropractor to receive help in relieving myself of the pain so that I can be comfortable again.

  3. I don’t think people realize how badly you can get messed up in a car crash. If it happened to me, I would for sure visit a chiropractor. As you said here, removing the pain is the first step that should be taken. After that, I’ll have to ask the chiropractor to see what their recommendation would be.

  4. Thank you for elaborating on the three main goals of chiropractic care. My brother recently got into an auto accident and hurt his neck in a few different places. Now he needs a chiropractor that specializes in auto injuries. I will make sure to explain the process to him so he isn’t nervous.

  5. One of my close friends has been recovering from a car accident for the past few months. Everything other than his back pain has seen improvement. Thanks to this post, I feel like I can help him out with the information shared here.

  6. Larry Weaver says:

    Thanks for explaining how getting chiropractic treatment after a car accident can reduce pain within two weeks. My wife experienced a bit of whiplash when a minivan crashed into the back of her vehicle, and she is in pain. I’ll look into finding a chiropractor my wife can go to so her pain can be treated.

  7. I think it’s cool that you can get rid of pain in just two weeks of work. My mother was in a bad car accident recently and she complains about her pain all the time. Maybe I should recommend her to a chiropractor.

  8. I appreciate you helping me learn more about what a chiropractor does to help after an auto accident. My daughter was recently in a car accident. I think she should look into going to a chiropractor.

  9. My brother was involved in a motorcycle accident last week and his back hurts a lot ever since. It was mentioned here that one of the short-term goals of chiropractic care is to relieve the pain to encourage to remain active. Furthermore, it’s recommended to go to trusted chiropractors for quality services.

  10. Arya Smith says:

    Thanks for helping me understand that getting this treatment will be able to ensure that the pain is eliminated while you return to your daily activities without worries. I will definitely suggest this to my cousin so that she can finally get back to acting. This is because she fell from their stairs that affected her foot which is why she had to skip acting workshops for now.

  11. Steele Honda says:

    Thanks for pointing out that while every patient is different, many patients experience a reduction in pain within two weeks after starting a chiropractic treatment plan. I think that my boyfriend should go get a car accident chiropractic examination because he was in a car accident a week or so ago and his neck has been bothering him ever since. I think that chiropractic work would just really help him be able to heal from the accident instead of just numbing the pain.

  12. Duncan Lance says:

    It really can help to find the right chiropractic and physical therapy help after you’ve been in an auto accident. You will especially want to make sure that the help you receive has their short-term and long-term goals in order. That way you can receive the proper help you need to relieve immediate pain and fix the problem in the long-term.

  13. My neighbor got into a car crash with his motorcycle a while ago, and he’s been having some joint pain. Because of this, he’s been wondering how to deal with that pain. I love how you mentioned that a chiropractor can not only help ease his pain, but can help restore flexibility to his body. What tips do you have for finding a great chiropractor in his area?

  14. My sister is constantly stressed out at work and has body aches daily. It was discussed here that short-term chiropractic care helps reduce pain and stress. Moreover, it’s advisable to go to health professionals for chiropractic care.