Common Injuries Caused By a Vehicle Accident

About 4.4 million people are seriously injured in vehicle accidents each year in the United States. While no two accidents are alike, there are several types of injuries that are most common.

At DMC Healthcare, we offer comprehensive care for a variety of painful conditions that can result from auto accidents. Our experienced chiropractor Bryan Weddle, DC, specializes in treating personal injury conditions that cause chronic neck pain, back pain, and shoulder pain to help you avoid the need for surgery.

Most Common Accident Injuries

Here are some of the most common injuries people report after an accident:

Abrasions and bruises

Loose objects in your vehicle can fly at the time of a collision. Unsecured items like your purse, keys, or cell phone can hit you and cause abrasions and bruises in your skin.


Whiplash is one of the most common types of car accident injuries. This condition develops when your neck forcefully moves back and forth at the time of impact. The muscles and ligaments in your neck stretch too far and cause painful soft tissue injuries and the loss of your neck’s range of motion.

Chest injuries

While seatbelts are meant to protect you in the event of a crash, they can also cause painful chest injuries at the time of impact. You might also experience a chest injury during a serious crash that forces your chest and upper body into the steering wheel or dashboard.

Head injuries

Stopping suddenly or getting hit from behind can increase your risk for head injuries and traumatic brain injuries. The impact of an accident can force your head into the steering wheel, dash, or windshield and cause painful head injuries, concussions, and muscle strains in your back and neck.

Arm and leg injuries

The violent impact of an auto accident can cause serious injuries to your arms and legs. In addition to cuts and muscle sprains, you’re also at increased risk for soft tissue tears and bone breaks.

Getting help after an accident

Some people don’t experience symptoms immediately after a vehicle accident. However, in the days that follow the event, they often feel very sore and find it difficult to move freely.

To reduce your risk for a worsening of your injury, you should schedule a consultation with our team at DMC Healthcare soon after the accident. Dr. Weddle can carefully evaluate your musculoskeletal system for signs of strains or other painful conditions. He can then customize a treatment plan to get you feeling better before you start feeling worse.

We also offer a comprehensive rehabilitation program to safely restore your full range of motion and ensure you’re recovering efficiently. Dr. Weddle also focuses on helping you manage your pain without medications that can cause side effects.

Dr. Weddle specializes in a variety of chiropractic techniques that ensure your spine and joints are properly aligned. He can also address muscle tension and strains that often result following a traumatic event like a car accident.

Don’t delay an evaluation following a vehicle accident. Schedule a consultation online or by calling DMC Healthcare today.

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