Auto Injuries Specialist

Has a recent car accident left you with painful, lingering injuries to your neck, back, or joints? The team at Functional Health in Somerville New Jersey are experienced at treating some of the most common injuries caused by automobile accidents. For more information or immediate treatment, call the office or request an appointment online.

Auto Injuries Q & A

What are the most common injuries caused by car accidents?

Car accidents usually occur with no warning yet have lasting effects. The combination of blunt force trauma with the effects of sudden deceleration can cause a variety of personal injuries, including:

  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Bone fractures
  • Concussions

After a car accident, you may also experience emotional problems, such as heightened anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How do I know if I have whiplash?

Whiplash is perhaps the most common injury sustained in a car crash. Because its symptoms aren’t always severe or immediate, it can be hard to recognize sometimes. If you have whiplash, you may have some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Neck pain
  • Stiffness
  • Poor or painful range of motion
  • Fatigue or dizziness
  • Headaches at the base of the skull


Some people also show signs of blurred vision, irritability, inability to concentrate, and other cognitive symptoms associated with concussions.

How are these car-related injuries treated?

Functional Health offers a variety of treatments for whiplash and musculoskeletal injuries sustained in a car accident.


Whiplash is a neck injury that can result from a car stopping or changing direction suddenly in an accident. The force on your neck can injure and strain the muscles and tendons in your neck, resulting in pain and stiffness. This may worsen the more you try to loosen up.

Chiropractic adjustment can be an effective way to realign the spine to a more comfortable, natural position and may offer quick relief. Acupuncture, physical therapy, massage therapy, and other alternative techniques are also effective treatments for whiplash.

Musculoskeletal injuries

During a serious car accident, soft tissues and bones can be subjected to serious trauma, leaving you with strains and sprains that linger for weeks. Diagnosing these injuries can be tricky and treating them can be frustrating. Complementary medicine offers some solutions.

Massage therapy, physical therapy or chiropractic adjustment are among the options to help your body recover from an injury following a car accident. If the strain or sprain affects the spine, chiropractic adjustment may be an option for relief from pain and inflammation. The team at Functional Health may also recommend hot or cold therapy or acupuncture to speed the recovery process.

If you’re interested in getting back to full health after a car accident, or if you have questions about any of these injuries, contact Functional Health today by calling the office 907-722-0500.

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