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Chiropractic Care for a Herniated Disc After Car Accident

Published Date: 
December 6, 2022
A man's back hurts after a car accident, because of disc herniation.

Accident care chiropractors specialize in post-auto accident injuries and recovery. Herniated discs should not go untreated.

A herniated disc can be a severe and painful condition, especially if it is not treated correctly. If you have been in a car accident, it is vital to seek medical attention immediately, even if you do not think you are injured. 

Suffering from Disc Herniation After an Auto Accident  

A herniated disc can occur when the disc, which is a cushion between the vertebrae, ruptures or tears. This can happen with a sudden impact, such as in an auto accident. 


Symptoms of a herniated disc include:  

  • Pain in the back or neck 
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, 
  • Weakness in the arms or legs  

See a doctor immediately if you have any of these symptoms. 

How an Accident Care Chiropractor Can Help  

In many cases, chiropractic care provides significant relief from the pain of a herniated disc and helps avoid surgery. 

Chiropractic care for a herniated disc may include spinal manipulation, which can help align the spine and take pressure off the affected disc. Chiropractors may recommend other auto accident injury treatments, such as ice or heat therapy, stretching, or exercises.  

Chiropractic Adjustments for Herniated Discs  

Chiropractic adjustments are often very effective in treating herniated discs because the adjustment can help to take the pressure off the disc, allowing them to heal correctly. The adjustment can also help realign the spine, taking the pressure off the herniated disc and enabling it to heal correctly. 

A man is in pain after a car accident.

Chiropractic Massage Therapy   

Chiropractic massage therapy is a manual therapy that involves applying pressure and manipulating soft tissue. It is often used to treat musculoskeletal conditions like back and neck pain. 

Massage therapy can also treat a herniated disc. A herniated disc puts pressure on the nerves and causes chronic pain. Massage therapy can help relieve this pain by breaking up the scar tissue around the herniated disc, helping to improve the range of motion and reduce inflammation. 

A woman who was in a car accident is struggling with pain from a herniated disc injury.

Ice and Heat Therapy 

Ice and heat therapy are two common treatments for a herniated disc. The ice helps reduce inflammation and pain, while the heat increases blood flow to the area and can help reduce muscle spasms. 

Most people find that combining ice and heat therapy is one of the most effective ways to treat a herniated disc. 


Stretching is one of the best things you can do for a herniated disc. It helps to increase flexibility and range of motion, which can help ease herniated disc pain and improve overall mobility. 

There are a few things to remember when stretching for a herniated disc. First, it’s essential to warm up before stretching. A simple way to do this is to walk for a few minutes or do light calisthenics. Warming up helps to increase your body temperature and prepares your muscles for stretching. 

Second, stretch slowly and gently. You should never force or bounce into a stretch as it can worsen your pain. Instead, gradually ease into the stretch and hold it for 30 seconds to one minute. 

 Finally, stretch both sides equally. It’s easy to focus on the side that hurts more, but stretching both sides is essential to maintain balance in your body. 

A young man is being examined by a chiropractor to determine treatment for a herniated disc caused by a car accident.

Managing Injury Insurance Claims After a Car Accident  

If you've been in a car accident, you may wonder if insurance will cover chiropractic care. The answer depends on several factors, including the type of insurance you have and the state where you live. 

 Most insurance policies generally cover at least some chiropractic care after an accident. Still, there may be limits on the coverage or the number of visits you can make to the chiropractor. If you have any questions about your coverage, it's best to contact your insurance company directly. 

 After a car accident, it is essential to see a chiropractor as soon as possible. Seeing a chiropractor can help ensure that your injuries are properly treated and that you do not have any long-term effects from the accident. 

 Here are a few things that you should tell your insurance company about the treatment that you are receiving from a chiropractor after a car accident: 

  • The type of treatment you are receiving 
  • The purpose of the treatment plan
  • The expected length of the treatment plan


A chiropractor can help ensure your body is in alignment and functioning properly. This is important because if your body is not aligned, it can lead to further health problems. A chiropractor can also help you get pain relief and improve your overall health.

Dr. Darren Faherty D.C.

In 2004, Dr. Darren Faherty graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from UWEC - University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Dr. Darren continued education at the highly esteemed University of Western States (formerly Western States Chiropractic College) where he obtained his chiropractic degree in 2007. He has been helping people recover from injuries and return to their normal lifestyles ever since.

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