How much is enough for a car accident to get treatment?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a patient tell me that they were just in a “little” accident. They really don’t feel there’s a need to get an examination because there wasn’t really much damage to their car.

The thing is, it doesn’t matter! All the current research is very clear on this subject.

The damage to vehicles caused in collisions is NO INDICATION of the extent of the injuries imposed on the passengers.


As a matter of fact, it makes more sense that the less damage is done to your car, the more damage may be done to your body.

That may seem odd at first, but it actually makes a lot of sense. When you are sitting in a car that is rear ended, according to the laws of physics the force coming from the other vehicle has to go somewhere. It doesn’t just disappear. If your car suffers significant crumpling, then your car actually absorbed the impact and spared your body and neck. If your car didn’t crumple and there wasn’t much damage, then all that force gets transferred directly into your body, and that can mean much more significant injuries for you.

Unfortunately, cars are actually being built to be more ridged these days because auto dealers know that you don’t want to pay a lot of money for repairs. The problem is, all that force is going somewhere and what you save on car repairs you will spend on repairing your body.

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Why does pain move around after a car accident?

“The pain started in my neck, but last week my hip started hurting and now, my lower back is killing me…WHAT’S GOING ON?!?!”

I’ve heard this same question so many times in my office that I’ve started to give the answer to my patients on their very first day of treatment, before they even have the chance to ask!

When it comes to injures that have been sustained from a major trauma, such as a car accident, it is VERY common for the symptoms to change over the course of care. The reason this happens is twofold.

  1. Altered ambulatory kinetics

Say what??? Altered ambulatory kinetics is just a fancy way of saying “compensation”. Think of it this way, you’re in a car accident and your hip is injured by the belt strap on impact. You’ve got bruising and pain deep in the joint. You can’t walk without limping. Well, when you walk with a limp, every muscle in your body has to compensate in some way so you can get around.

That compensation means some muscles do less work than normal and some do more. Those muscles that do more work get cranky and sore (similar to going to the gym and exercising strenuously for a week after more than a year of not working out at all).

So it’s totally possible for that initial hip injury to eventually cause pain in the lower back or knee simply from forcing you to alter the way you walk.

  1. You’re actually feeling better

It may sound strange, but just follow me. Let’s say you’ve got neck and back pain. The intensity of your neck pain is 8/10 and your back pain is 3/10 with 10 being the worst. If that’s the case, you’re probably not really thinking much at all about the back pain because the neck pain is so bad! After a month of treatment your neck pain and back pain are both 3/10. Now all of a sudden you can really feel that back pain because the neck pain is doing much better. It can feel like the back pain is new, but it was there all along. The higher intensity neck pain was just masking it.

What’s the cost in a car accident for chiropractic in Atlanta?

The word “confusing” doesn’t even begin to describe the process people go through when trying to get treatment for injuries sustained in a car accident. It certainly doesn’t help matters when insurance companies can be less than helpful.

One of the most confusing parts (and a question every patient wants to know) is, what’s the cost?

The most honest answer (and one that can be frustrating to explain) is, it depends.

Every situation is different and some are not entirely clear cut when it comes to bodily injury insurance coverage. That’s why here at Atlanta Spine Group, we offer a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ritola to talk about the specifics of your case BEFORE you commit to treatment.

We want you to be comfortable and to answer all of your questions before proceeding to an examination. Your peace of mind is actually an important part of the healing process, and not one we take lightly.

But here’s the GREAT news…the majority of the time there is ZERO out of pocket expense to our patients. We can often get you started right away without you ever having to fork over a cent. We simply collect from the insurance company or from your lawyer. It’s just that simple.

Stop in today or give us a call at 678=902-6722 to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Ritola. You’ve got absolutely nothing to lose!

Who is MAACO in SouthWest Atlanta and how they help after a car accident?

Being involved in a car accident is never fun, but it makes it easier to stomach when you know you can trust the people working to repair your vehicle.

Lucky for you, MAACO on Metropolitan Pkwy in South West Atlanta is a shop you can feel good about. Owner Jay Goodin has put a lot of hard work into ensuring that your vehicle is in good hands with him.

Jay specifically focuses on body work, so you know you’re leaving your car with a specialist and not a jack-of-all-trades. Both he and his staff work very hard to make sure all your repairs live up to your expectations.

If you’ve been in an auto accident, Atlanta Spine Group has got your body covered, but when it comes to your AUTO body, just call Jay and tell him we sent you.

MAACO Body Shop
1826 Metropolitan Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30315


Who is Auto Body Snatchers on University in the West End?

One of the best things about South West Atlanta is the feeling that everyone who lives here is a part of one big family. But at Auto Body Snatches, they’ve taken that to a whole new level.

Auto Body Snatchers is a family run business, with owner Travis Fair taking care of the heavy lifting and his mother, Sharron managing the office. Over the past two years, they’ve developed an effective and trustworthy business they can both be proud of. 

When you stop by, don’t be surprised to find current and even former customers relaxing in the office chatting with the staff. That’s not something you can say for most auto body shops.

They’re comfortable taking on any type of vehicle, so it doesn’t matter if you’ve got an old clunker or a brand new ride. Auto Body Snatchers is a great example of a local, family owned and operated business.

Auto Body Snatchers
385 University Ave SW
Atlanta, GA 30310


Who is B & B on Metropolitan and who is Bubba?

If you’ve been in an auto accident, you know that finding an auto body repair shop that you can trust can sometimes be difficult. But you can rest easy, because you know that Bubba down at B&B will take good care of you.

Bubba has been repairing cars in SW Atlanta for 9 years and has developed a reputation as one of the area’s most trustworthy repair men.

He prides himself on being able to take care of any car, from old to new. He’s developed a trustworthy staff that can handle whatever you bring in. He can even take care of mechanical work to your engine, if that’s what you need.

Bubba is happy to work with you on a price that fits your budget, so don’t hesitate to give him a call if your car needs some TLC.

B&B Auto
1202 Metropolitan Pkwy SW
Atlanta, GA 30310


Who is King Auto Body in the West End?

Here at Atlanta Spine Group, we love to promote other local businesses that have a great reputation in the SW Atlanta community, and one of our favorites is King Auto Body.

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, don’t hesitate to call William at King Auto Body and he’ll be sure to take great care of you. He’s been working in the community since 2001 and can repair any type of car you can bring in. From brand new to custom classic, William has got you covered.

While William is most proud of the quality of his craftsmanship, he is also very proud of his ability to work with customers to provide a price point they can work with. Just give him a call and he will work to find a price that fits within your budget.

King Auto Body is a great example of a truly local shop working with local residents. Here in SW Atlanta, we take care of our own, and William is a shining example of that attitude.

King Auto Body
675 Metropolitan Pkwy Ste 6068
Atlanta, GA 30310


Who is Color Collision Center in the West End?

After a car accident, when it comes to taking care of your body Atlanta Spine Group has got you covered. But when it comes to taking care of your AUTO body, you should give Fred Porter at Color Collision Center a call.

Fred has been repairing cars in the SW Atlanta area for longer than most people have been living here. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you probably already know him.

For those of you who don’t, just ask around and you’ll find most folks do.

Fred has a busy shop over on Lee St. and has been holding that corner down for some years, now.

He takes on all kinds of cars with all kinds of damage and no job is too big or small.

If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, there are 3 calls you need to make. First, call the police or an ambulance, second call us here at Atlanta Spine Group, and third, call Fred at Color Collison Center.

Color Collision Center
819 Lee St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30010


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Should I do spinal traction after a car accident?

Back and neck pain are the most common human ailment in the world. Over 80% of us will have it at some point in our lifetime. With all the different options for treatment, it can be difficult to know which one to go with.

One tool we like to use here in our office is spinal traction.

The idea behind it is relatively simple.spine traction car accident

In between each vertebra in the spine is a disc. That’s the joint where all the movement happens (or at least it’s supposed to happen). The outside of the disk is made up of thin, tough fibers like the radials of a tire. The inside of the disc has the consistency of toothpaste.

Where there is damage to the outside layers of the disc, the material inside can come out, like stepping on a jelly donut. This material can then press on the nerves as they exit the spine and cause neck pain, lower back pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the hands and feet and other symptoms.

Spinal traction distracts the spine lengthwise (from head to toe) to suck the disc material back inside the disc. This takes the pressure off the nerves and helps alleviate symptoms. When combined with chiropractic adjustments, this is a very powerful and helpful therapy.

At Atlanta Spine Group, we utilize spinal traction along with several other therapies to help your body heal following an injury. Whether you live in West End, Westview, Ashview Heights, Dixie Hills or Adair Park, we’re just a short drive away.

Can a car accident affect neck posture?

More and more patients that come into my office are, in one way or another, familiar with the term “text neck”. Some admit to having heard the words, but aren’t exactly sure what they mean.
Text neck is caused by a number of things, one of the big ones is from looking down at your phone or other device when you send a text or check Facebook or email. There are several other causes, like sitting at a desk all day, slouching forward on the couch while watching TV, and the list goes on –

Text neck, or what we call Anterior Head Syndrome is actually a major health concern, and there are many reasons why. Check out these very short videos explaining some of the negative effects:

What most people don’t know is that whiplash can actually cause this as well. Whiplash causes damage to the muscles on the back of the neck which results in them being weakened. That weakening results in a straightening of the natural “C”-shaped curve of the neck, which is actually the first phase of spinal arthritis!
This is one of the biggest reasons to have your spine checked by a chiropractor after you’ve been in a car accident. Without treatment, spinal arthritis will progress until degenerative changes appear that cannot be reversed.
If you’ve been involved in a car crash, get checked as soon as possible!