Auto Accidents

Auto Accidents

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If you and/or your child(ren) have been involved in a car accident, or any type of vehicle collision, you may well be experiencing whiplash, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and/or back pain as sudden force can cause shaking of the brain and  can also cause misalignments in the spine causing injury to the discs, joints, ligaments, and/or nerves around it. You don’t have to be driving fast to suffer whiplash or injury to the spine. Some whiplash injuries happen when a car travels at speeds as low as 5 mph.  Symptoms may start immediately after the accident, but in many cases, you may not start experiencing pain until hours, days, or even several weeks later. One common reason for delayed symptoms is that our bodies experience a surge of adrenaline and endorphins during a traumatic event like an auto accident.

Symptoms of whiplash, TBI and auto accident injuries can include:

  • Restricted Range of Motion (ROM)
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Loss of voice
  • Jaw (TMJ) problems
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Sleep Disturbance (insomnia)
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Fatigue
  • Visual Disturbances ( blurred vision, flashing lights)
  • Difficulty concentration
  • State of being confused, dazed or disoriented.
  • Short-term Memory loss
  • Change in pupil dilation of eye(s)
  • Tenderness in the neck
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Changes in Mood, Mood Swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss or coordination
  • Numbness, tingling, pins/needles, weakness
  • Low back pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Bone fractures
  • Facet joint injuries


Symptoms in children can also include:

  • Changes in behavior, loss of interest
  • Changes in sleep habits, nightmares
  • Excessive crying and inability to be consoled
  • Fever
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Drowsiness


Most car seat manufacturers as well as NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) recommend replacing infant carrier and baby seats after a moderate to severe auto accident as there is no way to test the seat, to see if the integrity was compromised. 

Happy Bones Health & Wellness serves Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair, Seminole, Palm Harbor, Largo, St. Petersburg, and other surrounding cities in Pinellas County. Dr Staci Price-McCarthy and her compassionate staff can help by providing gentle Chiropractic Manipulations, Acupuncture, Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Physiotherapy and Therapeutic Activities to help reduce inflammation, minimize pain, reduce scar tissue, and restore mobility.


Auto Accidents

Chiropractic Treatment

Car accidents are a major cause of spinal injuries which can be treated by chiropractors. Benefits of Chiropractic Treatments for auto accident injuries include:

  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Minimize Pain
  • Restore Mobility
  • Reduce scar tissue
Auto Accidents

Low Level Laser Therapy

We also use the latest in Low Level Laser Technology (LLLT) to treat patients residing in Clearwater and surrounding Pinellas County cities, who have sustained injuries related to an auto accident. We have seen great improvement in many of our patients and we continue to see more research being published supporting the effectiveness of low level (cold) laser therapy. Our office utilizes the ERCHONIA™ EVRL laser, which is a painless, non-invasive, drug-free modality that is used for a variety of conditions including acute and chronic pain.

A two-year study published by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management Collaboration (OPTIMC) shows that low level laser therapy is an effective and important treatment for patients suffering from neck and shoulder pain as a result of a car accident.

The study shows that low level laser therapy is recommended for both mild and severe cases of whiplash.  Laser intervention can speed the recovery time for more severe whiplash classified as Type II. “Type II typically involves a substantial loss of anatomical alignment, structural integrity, psychological, cognitive, and/or physiological functioning.”  It is also just as important to seek treatment for mild cases which can lead to prolonged chronic pain in some patients

Low level laser therapy is a great treatment option for auto accident patients because it produces no heat, reduces pain, and stimulates the healing process at the cellular level. The gentle, non-heating laser will not cause any additional physical or psychological stress to patients. It is also a great option for those whose injuries are too severe to tolerate exercises or manual therapies in the very acute stages of their care.  

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