The Misguided Road to Healing – Solving Pain Problems Associated with a Car Accident


Life after a car accident can be debilitating not only in the presentation of pain, but also in the often long journey of diagnosing and treating the effects of the injury. One of the reasons this road to healing can be so long is missed diagnostic opportunities. When you wake up two days after the accident with intense neck pain, you wonder if it could simply be your sleeping position from the night before. However, despite the aid of over the counter pain relievers, the pain is still throbbing almost a week later and has now spread to your shoulders as well.

Now the pain has become severe so you have decided to enlist the help of a licensed physician. The doctor listened patiently to you summarize the cause and level of pain you have been experiencing during the last week. In an abundance of precaution, they order a batch of medical tests including an x-ray and a CT scan. Several hours later, you leave the doctor’s office with the results in hand. The x-ray and CT scan results show nothing that would indicate what is causing you to experience so much pain.

After a few more days of unbearable pain that has now spread to your back, you have decided a second opinion is in order. The doctor came highly recommended and you have high hopes for this visit. After repeating your pain history during the past two weeks, this new doctor evaluates your movement while walking, sitting, and lying down before ordering an MRI. Again, the results came in and show no evidence of a herniated disc or bone spur that could be responsible for your pain.

The pain feels like it is spreading and growing in intensity daily, but you have no more answers than you did the day you started this journey. You know something is wrong and just cannot understand why the doctors are not finding it. Upon sharing these frustrations with a trusted friend, they ask if the doctors checked the alignment of your Atlas. You have no test results indicating as such, so you decide to make a third appointment with a professional who specializes in spinal alignment.

Invisible Injury’s that Last 

After a particularly traumatic event, some injuries can be temporarily masked by the sheer amount of adrenaline coursing through the body’s veins. Unfortunately this are the ones that often stay long past the visible wounds. This can delay a realization of the injury until hours or even days after. With the accident hours behind them and the first responders long gone, the responsibility shifts to the individual to seek medical attention for any potential injuries. If unsure where to begin, the road to life after a car accident can be paved with dozens of doctor appointments and expensive medical tests that yield a total of no solutions and a whole lot of disappointment. Fortunately, by being proactive in your research you may benefit from learning about an often-overlooked area, the Atlas, that could be just the answer you’ve been searching for.


The Atlas is the topmost vertebrae of the spine and sits at the very bottom of the skull. It is actually one of two cervical vertebrae known as C1 and both are located at the very top of the spinal column. Because of the Atlas’ unusually high location and its ability to essentially hide on some medical tests because of its proximity to the occipital bone, it is not uncommon for medical professionals to overlook this area.
Not surprisingly, the Atlas is named after the Greek god who is said to have carried the world on his shoulders, Atlas. Named quite aptly, the Atlas’ main function is to support the head and hold it upright.


The Atlas has the extremely important job of supporting the head and the other thirty-three vertebrae of the spine and the cord underneath it. If the Atlas becomes out of alignment as the result of a car accident it can cause unnecessary stress on the spine, which often results in muscle tension and pain. When spine problems that cause pain start this high up in vertebrae column, it is not uncommon for the vertebrae underneath it to also experience stress, which can also result in the spread of pain.

In most cases the realignment of the Atlas requires a type of targeted massage that relaxes the surrounding muscles so that the Atlas can gently ease back into place. When done properly, this procedure can be done in minutes and should not cause additional pain or any cracking or snapping of the bones. Many patients report feeling instant relief upon completing the procedure. Several individuals who have been injured in car accidents report feeling pain relief from having their Atlas realigned.


Life after a car accident includes lots of little details such as insurance claims and car repairs, but expensive medical tests such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs don’t necessarily have to be one of them.
Have your Atlas alignment checked first. If a health professional determines your Atlas is out of alignment, consider having this simple non-invasive treatment performed in your search for pain relief. If at any time you decide the procedure is not working, the more expensive medical tests will still be available to you.

If everyday life after a car accident finds you in pain and misery, consider having your Atlas checked. This may give you much sought-after relief and could make irritating neck, shoulder, and back pain a distant.

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