3 Common Kinds of Pain After a Rear-End Collision

Though any kind of car accident can be damaging and stressful, rear-end collisions can be particularly difficult to deal with. Though you may not have done anything to cause the accident, you may still have to face the consequences for injuries suffered in the crash.

Although some drivers walk away from rear-end collisions without any injuries, most people aren’t so lucky. Here are three of the most typical injuries that victims of rear-end collisions experience, along with a guide to how they can be treated through chiropractic care.

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Migraines or Headaches

Rear-end accidents can cause serious damage to the cervical spine and neck, which often leads to painful headaches and even migraines. Headaches related to a rear-end collision can present in multiple forms, such as a dull ache throughout the head or a sharp pain in a specific location.

Your chiropractor can gently treat the misalignment in your cervical spine with regular appointments over time, which will gradually lessen the frequency and intensity of your headaches.

Herniated Disc Caused by a Rear-End Collision

Between every vertebra in your spine is a soft, disc-shaped cushion that allows your spine to move correctly. A rupture in one of these discs is referred to as a herniated disc. Herniated discs are extremely common in victims of car collisions.

Generally, herniated discs can be treated without surgery, depending on their severity. Chiropractors will typically utilize a treatment called spinal decompression therapy. This treatment gently realigns and straightens the spine over a period of months in order to restore spinal mobility and reduce pain.


Whiplash is considered to be one of the most common injuries suffered by rear-end collision victims. It can occur at collision speeds as low as 5 miles per hour. Whiplash is characterized as misalignment and pain in the head, neck, and spine caused by the swift back-and-forth snapping motion of your head that occurs during a crash.

Some rear-end accident victims experience pain in the head, neck, shoulders, and back immediately after an accident, while others develop symptoms weeks later. Chiropractors take great care with whiplash patients and make sure to gradually realign the neck and spine over time with gentle manipulation of the joints and vertebrae.

Rear-End Collision Chiropractic Care

Whether you’re experiencing severe symptoms or mild pain, it’s important to seek the treatment of a chiropractor following a rear-end collision or any other type of auto accident. Contact us to set up your appointment at Veeva Chiropractic Clinic today.