Every 14 seconds, someone in the US suffers car accident injuries. If you’ve had a wreck or fender-bender, you may walk away without any apparent injuries. However, many auto accident injuries may go undetected for days, weeks or even months following the accident. Slowly, symptoms may start to develop. These include:

  • Back Pain
  • Whiplash
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Nausea
  • Neck Pain
  • Tendonitis

Most people involved in an automobile accident suffer a whiplash injury. Your head “whips” forward (hyperflexion) and then backwards (hyperextension) or vice versa. When this occurs, tendons, ligaments and muscles that protect and cushion the spine can become damaged – as well as injuring discs and the spine itself. When tissues are stretched or torn, the spine becomes significantly less stable. If you have suffered a whiplash injury, it is vital to seek whiplash treatment.


Chronic Pain Caused by Auto Accidents

Automobile injuries are a common source of chronic pain. Therefore, seeking care as soon as possible is crucial to your recovery.

Dr. David Avolio, Dr. Lauren McCabe and the Innovative Pain and Performance team in Naples, are experts at evaluating and treating injuries from car accidents. They skillfully realign vertebrae that are out of alignment in the back or neck, helping to relieve pain and restore structural balance. Soft tissue injuries are detected and corrected through a rehabilitation program tailored to your specific needs.

At Innovative Pain and Performance, our thorough approach to diagnosis and treatment is aimed at providing the right treatment program.


A structural evaluation may include X-rays, Orthopedic and Neurological Testing, Motion and Static Palpation Techniques, Spinal Joint Movement Evaluation, Gait Analysis and Postural Analysis. A muscular evaluation may include Joint Range-of Motion Testing, Arm and Hand Strength and Reflex Evaluation. A CT or CAT scan or MRI may be necessary if a herniated disc or a significant muscle or ligament injury is possible.

Once necessary tests and evaluations are analyzed, a customized treatment program can be created. Treatment options offered include:

Pain Management

  • Chiropractic Care: Spinal manipulation, instrument assisted manipulation, trigger point therapy, non-surgical spinal decompression, manual joint stretching and resistance techniques. A soft cervical collar may be recommended for a short time.
  • Physical Therapy: Passive and Active Physical Therapy
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutritional Counseling: Stay hydrated and provide nutritional fuel for the body.
    If you are experiencing pain after a car accident, please seek care. There are numerous options available, including whiplash treatment and back pain after car accident treatment programs.