I was injured in a car accident, can I be treated by a chiropractor?

In the aftermath of a car accident, it is prudent that all occupants of a car seek medical care. This is especially important if they intend on filing any personal injury claim. In the following weeks, or months, it might be necessary, and beneficial, to get treatment from a chiropractor. This can help to address whiplash and lingering musculoskeletal issues. 

Insurance Coverage for Your Chiropractic Care

In general, chiropractic care is covered by insurance. Bear in mind, some companies will try to deny payment of claims after a long period of time has passed between the accident and treatment. You should not delay in getting an evaluation. 

Potential Benefits of Seeing a Chiropractor After a Car Accident

Visiting the chiropractor after a car accident may warrant a broad number of benefits, including a faster recovery and a prevention of worsening injuries. A chiropractor will review your medical history and physically examine you before any treatment recommendations are offered. Issues will be documented and you may be diagnosed. If chiropractic care is appropriate, a subluxation, or manipulation may be done on the same day or scheduled for another day – depending on the circumstances. 

Chiropractic treatments may:

Promote your healing and recovery

Reduce pain, stiffness, and swelling

Restore mobility

Prevent injuries from worsening

Prevent the development of long term conditions

People who have been injured in a car accident may greatly benefit from seeing a chiropractor. Common injuries that may be treated include:


Neck and back pain


Loss of range of motion


Nausea and vomiting


Ligament problems

Muscle injuries

Low back injuries

Disc injuries

When A Chiropractor Might Not Be Suited to You

Visiting the chiropractor may be able to provide you extensive relief after a car accident. That being said, if you suffered serious injuries or required a surgical operation, you should speak with your doctor first. Some injuries will need to fully heal before the scar tissue and other symptoms can be addressed by a chiropractor. There are also certain conditions that may interact negatively with the treatment. These should be discussed in advance. 

Covering the Cost of Your Chiropractic Care

In most car accident cases, the negligent driver, and their insurance company, will have the responsibility of paying for your treatment. If you were not at fault, the other insurance company should take care of your chiropractic bills. In no fault states, your own insurance may cover the costs. In some cases, you may need to pay upfront, but will be reimbursed by the insurance company. We would encourage you to talk with our billing department to learn more about pricing and billing options. 

A Chiropractor You Can Rely On

When you treat an injury soon after it happened, you will allow the body to heal and recover as best as possible. For this reason, you should not delay in seeing a chiropractor after a car accident. Chiropractors can alleviate pain and provide you with exercise and nutritional advice that can assist in the healing process.