rear-end car accident injuries

Rear-End Car Accident Injuries and Care Formats

Car accidents can be separated into categories, and one of the most common and well-known is when a vehicle is rear-ended. Often caused by some combination of fast-stopping traffic and drivers who aren’t paying enough attention, rear-ending – as the name suggests – involves one car colliding with another from behind, and can trigger several potential injury risks for those in both vehicles (or others in a chain that are impacted by the same collision).

At Peterson Chiropractic, we’re happy to offer numerous auto accident chiropractor services for those who have been injured in a rear-ending incident or any other type of vehicle accident. We offer whiplash treatment and numerous other related services for injuries ranging from relatively minor to significant and long-lasting. What are some of the common injuries that tend to take place in rear-end accidents and how will our chiropractic care services help?


The most common injury type in all vehicle accidents, including rear-end incidents, is whiplash. Referring to a situation where the head snaps back and forth violently, throwing the neck out of whack, whiplash can lead to symptoms ranging from limited soreness to serious, continued pain and other concerns like migraines. In addition, whiplash symptoms are often delayed, sometimes not showing up for hours, days or even weeks after the accident.

This is the primary accident symptom we treat with our chiropractic care services. Our adjustments help your neck and spin return to proper alignment while reducing your pain and improving your range of motion.


A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) – likely the most common during rear-end accidents. They are often caused by the exact same snapping motion that leads to concussions, and can bring symptoms like headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea and even loss of consciousness or amnesia in some cases.

A major note here: Any significant concussion should first be examined by a doctor in a hospital setting. For long-term treatment, however, chiropractic care is enormously valuable in limiting concussion symptoms and returning you to full comfort.


For rear-end accidents at high speeds, there’s the possibility of serious spinal injury. In the worst such cases, temporary or even permanent paralysis may take place. Once again, this is an area where primary medical treatment should be given before considering future care routes – but chiropractic care is a big part of many long-term treatment programs for partial paralysis.

Breaks or Fractures

Finally, the body thrusting forward in a rear-end accident may lead to broken bones. These can come from hitting items in the car, or from objects flying in from elsewhere and hitting you.

For more on the common injuries sustained in rear-end car accidents and how chiropractic care helps with them, or to learn about any of our chiropractic treatments, speak to the staff at Peterson Chiropractic today.

Peterson Chiropractic is led by Doctor Bradley Peterson, who grew up in Davis County and attended the University of Utah.