Richmond Chiropractic Centre


President Plaza

#5520-8181 Cambie Road (next to the Radisson Hotel)
Richmond, BC
V6X 1J8

Phone number:

+1 (604) 270-1007


Consultation hours

Monday, Thursday and Saturday | 9am – 2pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday | 9am – 6pm

Spinal Health Week – Tips after a Crash

After the Crash

If you have been in a car crash you may have experienced the most common injury to the upper spine and neck. Common symptoms include joint pain, muscle pain, headaches, arm pain and leg pain. These symptoms occur when the vertebral joints and associated muscles and nerves are subjected to uncommon forces and movements associated with a car crash. It is important that you have an examination by your family chiropractor as soon as possible to support the recovery process.

Some people develop pain, stiffness and other symptoms 7-10 after an accident. This is not unusual, however, do not delay in seeking treatment from your chiropractic doctor.
Severe symptoms such as headache or arm/leg pain are also common. Advise your chiropractic doctor as soon as possible.

For most people, the pain and other symptoms associated with spinal injury usually decreases with gradual return to normal activity.

Most injuries are not serious and people often recover to their pre-accident condition. The amount of disruption to normal activities varies with the circumstances of the crash.
It is important to be aware that the effects of substantive crashes may recur over 6-18 months. Symptoms and effects will lessen gradually.

Your Recovery

Consult your chiropractor for examination, diagnosis and to discuss your recovery options. Your chiropractor may recommend steps to treat any pain you experience including:

Necessary spine and related care
Modification to current activities
Home stretching and strengthening exercises
Ergonomic advice

Once you and your chiropractor have agreed on a treatment plan, it is important that you follow your chiropractor’s advice to support the recovery process.


Closer head restraints can be twice as effective in preventing injuries as those that are set too far back. To ensure the head restraint is adjusted correctly and that you stay safe on the road:

Raise your headrest so the top of it is at least level with the top of your ears.
Your headrest should be as close as possible to the back of your head.
Make these adjustments each time you ride in a vehicle with an adjustable headrest.
Always wear your seatbelt when you are in a moving vehicle. The belt should be securely fastened and rest snuggly across your waist and shoulder.
Drive safely.

Following the rules of the road will significantly lower your risk of an accident.

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