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Washington State

Seattle | West Seattle

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(206) 946-1323

4755 Fauntleroy Way SW, Suite 120, Seattle, WA 98116

(206) 946-1323

4755 Fauntleroy Way SW, Suite 120, Seattle, WA 98116

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Seattle | Fremont

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(206) 547-0707

701 N 36th St, Suite 430, Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 547-0707

701 N 36th St, Suite 430, Seattle, WA 98103

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Seattle | Green Lake

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(206) 522-6240

7116 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

(206) 522-6240

7116 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

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Oregon State

Portland | Slabtown

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(503) 227-0503

2175 NW Raleigh Street, Suite 102, Portland, OR 97210

(503) 227-0503

2175 NW Raleigh Street, Suite 102, Portland, OR 97210

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Car Accident Chiropractor

Should I see a chiropractor after a car accident in Seattle or Portland?

The first 24-78 hours after a car accident are crucial. Whiplash and injuries to the neck and back can occur even at pretty low speeds, and are often not felt right away. Post-accident stress and adrenaline can often mask pain from a car injury for several hours and even days.

If you have broken bones, lacerations, or other severe symptoms, then a visit to an emergency room in Seattle or Portland is appropriate. However, if the injury is less apparent or some time has passed after the accident, it can be a great idea to see an auto injury chiropractor for soft-tissue or musculoskeletal injuries resulting from the accident.

Auto accident chiropractors specialize in alleviating car accident injuries and symptoms by helping your body return its natural pre-accident state. By treating auto injury symptoms early, we can mitigate further injury, accelerate the healing process, and restore optimal bodily function.

Symptoms can be delayed hours, days, or even weeks following an auto collision, so getting a professional evaluation as soon as possible is of utmost importance. Such an evaluation will provide you with insight and peace of mind as to the effect of the car collision on your body.

What injuries or symptoms are common following a car crash?

Every collision is different. The severity of the crash and type of the accident along with prior state of health will determine how the body responds. However, even minor auto accidents can injure the body and should not be taken lightly.

Whiplash is the most common injury sustained from a car accident. The abrupt stop and resulting thrust don’t allow time for the body to properly brace and protect itself, which oftentimes results in damage to the tissues and skeletal structures in the neck and spine.

Some common symptoms associated with whiplash from a car accident include neck pain, neck stiffness and reduced range of motion, back pain, shoulder and arm pain, migraine headaches, memory loss, insomnia, irritability, dizziness, ringing in the ears, and loss of concentration.   

The most common injuries stemming from aN AUTO collision are:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Neck, back, hip, and shoulder pain or stiffness
  • Spinal injury, such as herniated or bulged discs
  • Numbness in the arms or legs
  • Bruising
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Internal bleeding
  • Brain trauma
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Memory Loss
  • Broken bones
  • Soft-tissue injuries

HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT TO SEE A CHIROPRACTIC DOCTOR FOLLOWING A CAR ACCIDENT?

It can vary by the individual and severity of the accident, but within the first three to seven days it is generally recommended to see an auto injury chiropractor for a variety of reasons.

From an injury perspective, car accident chiropractors want to address the issue immediately to mitigate any further damage and accelerate the recovery process. Starting this process before symptoms peak can help aid the path to recovery.

Then there is the insurance coverage perspective. Whether or not you are at fault, insurance companies give a relatively small window to seek care for injuries related to a car accident. As this window narrows, it can become increasingly challenging to receive compensation for continued professional medical care and post-accident therapy and rehabilitation.

How is Tangelo different from other auto accident chiropractors in Seattle and Portland?

We see people with a variety of symptoms following car accident injuries, and achieve excellent results through our unique approach of combining chiropractic care, manual therapy, and movement training to get you out of pain fast!

By utilizing manual and instrument-assisted therapy techniques to address soft tissue injuries and inflammation around the spine, neck, shoulders, and hips, we ensure the affected areas are able to move freely. Reducing muscle and joint tension can alleviate inflammation and accelerate the healing process after the accident.

But that’s only half the equation. Stabilization of the affected area is paramount. After auto injury treatment, you’ll perform corrective exercises to improve your bracing strategies, improve movement efficiency, and restore balance of strength and mobility where you need it most. It’s these functional movements that unwind compensation patterns, correct movement dysfunction, and retrain your body (and brain) how to move properly to prevent further or future injury.

Can Tangelo help me following a car accident?

At Tangelo, we don’t just focus on the obvious symptoms. We work hard to figure out what caused the problem in the first place. Our process begins with a comprehensive movement assessment to evaluate your spine, as well as your movement patterns like gait, balancing, and lifting mechanics. We want to make sure you get out of pain, stay out of pain, and get back to doing the sport or activities you love!

If you were in a car accident in Seattle (Fremont, Green Lake, West Seattle), or in Portland (Slabtown), and you think you may have an injury or any type of pain, we’d be happy to help you at any of our clinics. You can schedule an appointment online or call the location most convenient for you!

Other Treatments

Functional Rehabilitation

Functional Rehabilitation is a broadly used term to describe a number of soft tissue service methods. These methods include, but are not limited to, manual therapy, sports chiropractic care, cupping therapy, and kinesiology taping.


Active Release

Often referred to as the Gold Standard of soft tissue service, Active Release Technique (ART) is widely used to relieve pain and increase mobility for people ranging from elite athletes to business professionals.


Sports Chiropractic

Sports chiropractic, also called chiropractic sports medicine, is one of the most effective specialties within the broader field of chiropractic care. The technique addresses the musculoskeletal system, using chiropractic adjustments to restore proper motion to restricted joints. It involves making adjustments and manipulations to the spine and to joints. Sports chiropractic care is widely used to treat and prevent a wide array of injuries.


Functional Range Conditioning

Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) is a system developed to improve active range of motion, protect joints, and rehabilitate lost ranges due to injury or disuse. This methodology enhances the usable range of motion while reinforcing joints with the tissues and neurological system that controls them.

Functional Range Conditioning is used to treat recent injuries or recurring problems and is effective for rehabilitation and injury prevention. FRC improves tissue resiliency without entering painful ranges of motion.


Kinesiotape

Elastic therapeutic tape goes by many names. It is also called kinesiology tape, Kinesio tape, K-tape, or KT. The elastic tape is used with the intent of treating pain and disability resulting from athletic injuries and other physical disorders.


Dry Cupping Therapy

Dry Cupping Therapy has recently grown in popularity but is actually an ancient practice. Cupping involves using small cups to create areas of low air pressure next to the skin. This low pressure creates a mild suction effect and is used to increase blood flow and stimulate the body’s localized inflammatory response to facilitate healing. It is also a type of deep-tissue massage.


Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine used most commonly for pain relief and to stimulate and support the body’s healing response. Originating in ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture has been embraced across the globe. Acupuncture engages both the musculoskeletal system and the meridian system. Its purpose is to rebalance local tissue as well as address systemic issues to promote healing and prevent further injury.


Graston Technique

The Graston Technique is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization. Graston Technique is used to effectively break down scar tissue and restrictions or adhesions in the muscle fascia. The technique utilizes instruments designed to detect and effectively treat areas with soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.


Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is systematic manual manipulation of the body’s soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments). There are numerous massage therapy modalities. Most include application of fixed or movable pressure, holding pressure, and facilitating the movement of muscle and connective tissue.


The Tangelo method is entirely unique. We draw from a fusion of leading methods to create custom manual therapy + movement treatment plans tailored to you and your goals.

Our method includes components from multiple leading pain relief and functional rehabilitation modalities.