Auto Accident Injury Specialist

Well Care Integrative Medicine

Chiropractic & Medical Clinics located in West Palm Beach, FL

The trauma sustained in an auto accident can continue to cause pain in your muscles, joints, and tendons long after the incident fades from your memory. Dr. Carline Clerge-Leger is a well-respected chiropractor in West Palm Beach, Florida, who is widely recognized for successfully treating individuals experiencing musculoskeletal injuries related to auto accidents. She leads the team at Well Care Integrative Medicine and invites patients of all ages to experience an individualized, nonsurgical treatment program that focuses on healing and restoring healthy mobility following an auto accident. Call the office for your appointment or use the online booking tool.

Auto Accident Injury Q & A

What auto accident injuries does a chiropractor treat?

While neck pain resulting from whiplash may be the most familiar musculoskeletal issue related to an auto accident, the violent movements experienced in even low-speed collisions may result in:

  • Lower back pain due to muscle and tendon strain
  • Spinal nerve irritation causing pain that travels into your arms or legs
  • Muscle weakness and decreased mobility due to a long recovery after serious injuries such as broken bones
  • Debilitating headaches due to trauma sustained during the accident

What causes whiplash injuries?

Whiplash injuries are due to the violent forces your body experiences when it’s suddenly whipped backward and then forward during an accident. This type of injury often happens in rear-end collisions but can occur with an impact from any direction, including frontal impacts.

The pain from a whiplash injury may occur immediately or take several days to develop. This delayed onset often confuses patients, who may not relate their pain to the auto accident. This delayed onset is due to micro-tears in ligaments and other soft tissues which become painful once swelling sets in, and swelling may not occur immediately after the accident.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Depending on the extent of your injury, whiplash can cause:

  • Blurred vision
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Low back pain
  • Headaches or dizziness
  • Shoulder and arm pain

What treatments are used for auto accident injuries?

Dr. Clerge-Leger creates individualized treatment plans for her auto accident patients. This means your therapy includes strategies designed to relieve your pain and address the underlying issue that’s causing your pain.

Treatment typically starts with careful diagnostic studies that help determine the extent and nature of your injury, such as X-rays, gait analysis, and range-of-motion testing. Depending on those results, your therapy may include:

  • Gentle spinal manipulation to restore alignment to your spine and relieve discomfort caused by irritated nerves
  • Exercises to strengthen weakened muscles and improve flexibility and range of motion, which also helps protect your back and neck from future injury
  • Massage and/or ultrasound therapy to relax muscles and speed healing
  • Lifestyle modifications, such as changes in exercise routines or diet, that can help speed healing at the cellular level