Car Accident Injuries

Ventura Family Chiropractic

Adam McKillican, DC

Chiropractic located in Ventura, CA & Santa Paula, CA

Automobile accident injuries can cause severe damage and pain to your body — particularly your spine — from whiplash, cuts, bruises, and airbag deployment. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, Adam McKillican, DC, is an auto collision specialist at Ventura Family Chiropractic in Ventura, California. Dr. McKillican accepts liens and insurance for car accident injuries at Ventura Family Chiropractic. Call or schedule a consultation online to learn more.

Car Accident Injuries Q & A

What types of injuries happen in car accidents?

While the most common injuries in car accidents are caused by whiplash, other injuries can occur depending on the angle of the collision, whether you hit your head or another body part, or if the airbag deploys. Common car accident injuries include:

  • Concussion
  • Cuts, scrapes, and bruises
  • Muscle sprains in the middle and lower back
  • Broken ribs
  • Chest pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain

Dr. McKillican screens you for all of these injuries to assess the complexity of your case.

What happens in a whiplash injury?

During a whiplash injury, your body is abruptly thrown backward and forward. This is especially obvious in the neck, but it can cause pain anywhere in the spine. Depending on the severity of the collision, whiplash may cause injury to the muscles and ligaments surrounding your spine, which can result in:

  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Pain in the upper back, shoulders, or arms
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms

It is essential to have your injuries evaluated by Dr. McKillican to receive appropriate treatment.

How are whiplash injuries diagnosed?

To diagnose a whiplash injury, Dr. McKillican has specialized training that incorporates your accident history, a physical exam, and imaging — including X-rays and MRIs, if needed. Dr. McKillican begins your visit by collecting information about your accident, including how fast you and the other driver were going, the angle of the collision, and the severity of damage to you and your car.

He then performs a comprehensive physical exam to assess your symptoms, focusing on areas of cuts, bruising, pain, and discomfort. Dr. McKillican may also screen you for a concussion, especially if you were in a high-speed collision or hit your head.

If imaging is necessary, Dr. McKillican orders specialized X-rays or an MRI to assess the joints, muscles, and ligaments in your spine. Based on your exam and imaging, Dr. McKillican explains the severity of your injury and recommends treatment to help you.

How are car accident injuries treated?

The first goal of treatment for a car accident injury is to get you out of pain. Dr. McKillican uses chiropractic adjustments and a variety of physiotherapies — including hydromassage, manual therapy, stretches, and exercises — to help you feel better.

Often, stiffness and tight muscles can linger after an auto accident, but treatment can speed up your healing process. Dr. McKillican works with you throughout your recovery to ensure you return to normal and stay pain-free.

Schedule a visit at Ventura Family Chiropractic online or by phone now.