Car Accident Chiropractor, Redmond

Auto Accident Chiropractic Care

Woman in Car accident with Neck Injury

Seeing a chiropractor after a car accident should be one of the first things you do. Urgent care facilities and traditional medical doctors don’t focus on physical recovery after an auto accident.  They are more concerned about serious injuries and will most likely prescribe muscle relaxers, rest, and send you on your way. You should select an auto accident chiropractor as your primary healthcare provider during your recovery process because they focus on the recovery process,  help you navigate the insurance process, and coordinate care between all of the providers helping you. This includes physical therapy, massage, and even surgeons, if necessary. 

Woman in Car accident with Neck Injury

Auto accident specialists

Whether you’re in a fender bender or a serious car crash, we understand how to get you the best care and how auto insurance works. 

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Call us at (541) 316-6010

Top Reasons to Choose a Chiropractor that Specializes in Car Accidents


Whiplash Experts

Whiplash is one the most common injuries from a car accident. Whiplash is an injury of the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the neck. Our chiropractors and massage therapists have years of knowledge about how to best treat these type of injuries.


Integration of multiple treatment types

Chiropractic care is the cornerstone of our clinic's focus, but we know that chiropractic care works best with other types of care like massage, strengthening exercises and home exercises. We also love working with other providers like physical therapists, acupuncturist and surgeons, when appropriate.


Assistance navigating the insurance process

There is a lot that goes on when dealing with a car accident and it can make your head spin. We help our patients understand not only what to expect during their recovery from their physical injuries, but we also help them understand the insurance side of their claim.

Car Accident Chiropractic Treatment

Treatment after a car accident is different than other chiropractic situations. When you deal with insurance companies and possibly lawyers, you will need to the proper evaluations, documentation, and treatment plans to get your care covered and restore your health to how it was before your accident.  Element Chiropractic has decades of experience helping patients get the care they need and coordinating their care between multiple health care providers.

Dr. performing a blood pressure check before treatment

Comprehensive Exam

When you receive chiropractic care after an auto accident, your chiropractor should guide you through in-depth exams to understand the full extent of your injuries. Follow-up questionnaires and re-exams occur along the way to ensure that you get the care you need while documenting your progress for the insurance companies.

Dr. McHattie reviewing x-ray findings with patient


While x-rays are the best for looking at the health of your bones, x-rays also show a lot about your body's alignment and potential pre-existing conditions that may affect your recovery. After a car accident, x-rays are an important diagnostic tool to help determine the severity of some of your injuries.

Dr. McHattie performing a lower back chiropractic adjustment

Phases of Treatment

Initially after a car accident, you may be very sore and stiff, which may require more gentle care. As you continue to heal over the weeks, you will progress through more specific treatment like strengthening and mobility programs and more targeting chiropractic to get you back to your regular life.

What you can expect for car accident recovery

 You can expect us to take good care of you and provide the best treatment for your specific needs. We’ll be right beside you on your healing journey. Most patients typically receive care for their car accident injuries from 2 to 5 months. It’s important to remember that every person heals at their own pace, and that’s totally okay. Our goal is to help you get back to feeling like your old self, no matter how long it takes. We look forward to working with you and supporting you.

Dr. Urbach performing an X-ray

On your first visit

Dr. Urbach performing an X-ray

We know that being in a car accident can be tough, but we’re here to help you through your recovery. On your first visit, you can expect:

  • Intake Forms: Upon arrival, we will first need you to complete some forms to tell us about your medical history, current conditions, details of the car accident, and any symptoms you are experiencing.
  • Comprehensive examination: This examination will not only evaluate your overall health but will also focus on areas potentially affected by the car accident. It will include neurological and orthopedic assessments, muscle strength comparisons, and specific joint mobility assessments.
  • X-rays: You may also undergo X-rays. X-rays reveal possible damage or abnormalities. This information is crucial for us to provide the best possible care tailored to your specific needs.
  • Treatment: After the exam and any necessary X-rays, our chiropractor will provide the appropriate chiropractic treatment. If it’s your first visit after the accident, the treatment will likely be a light adjustment. We may use gentle instrument-based adjustments, which are are more gentle. However, if you’re experiencing a high level of pain, we might decide to hold off on adjustments until you are more comfortable.

On your second visit

Dr. Riley Urbach assessing a patients complaint

Your second visit is centered around discussing the results of your previous assessment and X-rays, as well as continuing with the chiropractic treatment.

  • Review X-rays: We will review the X-rays taken during your first visit. Our chiropractor will explain the findings in detail, ensuring you have a clear understanding of your condition and any damage or irregularities that may have been found. 
  • Additional Forms: Any additional paperwork or forms will be completed.
  • Treatment: We will continue with the chiropractic treatment that was started on your first visit. Depending on your pain level and the results of your X-ray and questionnaire, your treatment may include a variety of therapies such as manual adjustments or instrument adjustments. 
Dr. Riley Urbach assessing a patients complaint
LMT delivering a wellness massage.

Care along the way

LMT delivering a wellness massage.

As we continue your care after the car accident, please remember that your treatment plan will change based on your recovery.

  • The Acute Phase: This phase is the first 2-3 days after an auto accident. This is often the most painful phase and we will be more gentle with you.
  • The Repair Phase: This phase is typically 2 days to 6 weeks long and is when your body starts to heal itself.
  • Remodeling Phase: This phase can last up to 12 months or more. Strengthening, stability and return to functional capacity is the goal in this phase.

We’ll be using a combination of different treatments like exercises to improve your strength and flexibility, and massage to help relax your muscles and reduce inflammation. Sometimes, it might be appropriate to to see additional healthcare providers, too. If that happens, we’ll refer you to them. To track your progress and ensure we’re providing the best care for you, we’ll also conduct re-exams every 30 days. This way, we can adjust your treatment plan as needed, and keep helping you feel better and stronger. We’re committed to being with you every step of the way.

Wrapping up

Dr. McHattie performing a gentle instrument adjustment.

As we approach the end of your care following the car accident, we’ll conduct final exams to assess your overall progress and recovery. During these exams, we’ll be able to provide personalized recommendations for your future health, including exercises, lifestyle changes, and potential treatments to maintain your well-being. Lastly, it’s important to continue monitoring your health even after the treatment ends. To facilitate this, we will help you schedule future visits with our clinic. Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge and resources you need to sustain your health journey beyond our immediate care. We’re committed to your long-term wellness, ensuring a smoother transition back to your everyday life.

Dr. McHattie performing a gentle instrument adjustment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here, you’ll find answers to common questions we are asked about chiropractic benefits, treatment techniques, insurance coverage, and more. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for, feel free to reach out to our friendly staff – we’re always here to help and guide you on your journey to better health.

Ideally, you will receive medical care within hours to 48 hours after an auto accident depending on the severity of your injuries. Some injuries are not felt right away and often are felt the next day. Getting these injuries evaluated as soon as possible are important to get the necessary care. 

In Oregon, every person involved in a motor vehicle accident is entitled to a minimum of $15,000 for medical care. This medical care coverage is called Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and is required for any auto insurance policy in Oregon. 

Yes, you are still entitled to medical care for injuries you sustained in a car accident, even if the accident was your fault. 

Chiropractors treat the following injuries from a car accident:

  • Whiplash
  • Low Back Injury & Strain
  • Headaches
  • Concussions
  • Midback pain
  • Rib and chest pain
  • Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Elbow, forearm and wrist injuries
  • Disc injury
  • Hip, knee and ankle injuries
  • Strains & sprains
  • And more.

This list is not comprehensive of all the possible injuries that may happen after a motor vehicle accident, but these are some of the most common ones we see in our clinic. 

If you are insured in Oregon, you must use your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) portion of your auto insurance to cover medical expenses from a car accident. If your PIP is exhausted, you may use your personal health insurance. If you are insured in another state, then there may be different options. 

Massage may be covered as part of your medical care for a car accident if it is medically necessary. You will need a referral from a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, chiropractor, or naturopath to prove medical necessity. 

An attorney may be needed after a car accident if there are serious injuries, it’s unclear who was responsible, or if there are challenges with the insurance companies. It’s important to choose an attorney with experience with personal injury accidents. Personal injury cases may be straightforward or complex, but an attorney should be able to help navigate the process with you. 

If you ride a motorcycle, an additional insurance policy is required in Oregon to cover accident care expenses. If you did not purchase the optional policy and you are in an accident, you may have to use your personal health insurance, self-pay, and possibly work with an attorney.

As a bicyclist or pedestrian, your auto policy PIP coverage will cover you in an accident. If you do not have auto insurance, the vehicle involved may have coverage. 

Sometimes a car accident only involves one vehicle. Examples of this may be striking an object like a light pole, a rollover accident, or being struck by something like an animal or falling rock. In Oregon, being struck by a deer or elk is very likely and can be very jarring. If you are injured from a single vehicle collision, then your Oregon PIP will cover your medical expenses. 

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Clinic Location

Conveniently located on the corner of Rimrock Way and Highland/Hwy 126. Across the street from Redmond High School. Central access to all of Redmond and close proximity to Eagle Crest, Bend, Prineville, Sisters, Terrebonne, Powell Butte, and Crooked River Ranch, Culver, and Madras.

Closed 12:30-1:45 PM for lunch

Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


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