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Melilli Chiropractic and Rehab Center

Chiropractor & Licensed Massage Therapist located in Clearwater, FL

Every year, around three million Americans sustain injuries during car accidents. At Melilli Chiropractic and Rehab Center in Clearwater, Florida, Steven Melilli, DC, diagnoses and treats auto accident-related injuries with comprehensive, evidence-based techniques to help you recover quickly and safely. If you've been in a collision, consider chiropractic treatment to avoid lasting pain and related complications. Call Melilli Chiropractic and Rehab Center or make an appointment online today.

Auto Accident Q & A

What are common auto accident-related injuries?

Automobile accidents cause unique injuries, unlike any other. When you have a car accident, the force of the impact puts significant strain on your body and can cause various injuries. Some of the most common auto accident-related injuries include:


Whiplash occurs when a sudden rear impact forces your head to jerk forward and backward rapidly. It puts significant strain on your neck, injuring the vertebrae, discs, muscles, connective tissue, and nerves. Whiplash can cause considerable pain and reduced capacity to turn or nod your head.

Spine injuries

A car accident can also force your spine out of alignment or damage your discs. Spinal misalignment, herniated discs, and inflammation cause pain and can compress your nerves causing pain in your back and throughout your body.

Soft tissue injuries

The force of an automobile accident can cause strains and sprains in your muscle and connective tissue. These injuries are painful and can create spasm and tension that pull your spine out of alignment and cause further pain. Soft tissue injuries in your neck can also cause headaches.

Joint injuries

In addition to the joints of your spine, you can injure your elbows, knees, wrists, and the delicate joints of your hands and feet during an automobile collision. You might dislocate a joint or strain or tear a tendon or ligament.

When should I talk to a chiropractor about an auto accident injury?

Chiropractic care is often the best treatment for collision-related injuries. You should make an appointment with Dr. Melilli at Melilli Chiropractic and Rehab Center as soon as possible after your accident. When you're involved in an accident, your body releases adrenaline. This process can help you get through danger, but it also masks your symptoms.

Dr. Melilli provides comprehensive exams and can often diagnose injuries before you develop any pain or other symptoms. When you start treatment early, you can reduce the amount of pain you experience and the overall disruption to your life.

How are injuries from auto accidents treated?

As mentioned, Dr. Melilli begins with a thorough exam. There are many factors to consider before creating a treatment plan or attempting conservative care. Dr. Melilli also collaborates with your medical doctor to co-manage your injuries.

Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Melilli might recommend chiropractic and rehabilitation techniques, including:

Myofascial Release Techniques

Myofascial release uses applied, hands-on pressure to release tightness in your fascia. The treatment can relieve tension that contributes to your headaches.

Activator Method

The Activator Method chiropractic technique uses a spring-loaded, hand-held mechanical instrument called the Activator adjusting instrument. The light gentle force technique used to treat injuries, like Drop Table.

Drop-Table Technique

The drop table technique utilizes a specific chiropractic table with segments that can lift and drop down. The dropping mechanism allows the force of gravity to deliver gentle and low-velocity chiropractic adjustments.

If you've been in an accident, call Melilli Chiropractic and Rehab Center, or make an appointment online, for expert care to help you recover quickly and safely.