Our mission is to help Seattle heal from crash related neck and back pain as quickly and completely as possible by practicing the very best evidence-based chiropractic treatment. Don’t risk living with chronic pain from an auto injury. We are here to help. 



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Despite our best efforts, car crashes happen all too regularly, especially with our wet Seattle streets! Car wrecks cause all kinds of injuries, even in low speed, low damage accidents. While pain can be present immediately, as adrenaline begins to wear off, you are likely to notice pain develop in the hours and days following a car crash.  


Car accidents disrupt your life in a major way. Navigating insurance claims and extra appointments on top of your busy life, and all while in pain is difficult. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

1. Seek treatment from a car crash specialist chiropractor early. While pain medication and muscle relaxors prescribed by your medical doctor or urgent care provider can mask symptoms temporarily, there is good reason why most people with auto injuries seek chiropractic care. You have a 3 month, post crash window to recover as much as possible. While progresss is possible beyond this time-frame, it is more difficult to achieve.

2. Don’t settle! Auto insurane companies would love nothing more than to shoe horn you into a quick settlement before you know the extent of your injuries or the impact they will have on your life. Don’t take the bait.

3. Open a PIP claim through your own insurance company. PIP stands for Personal Injury Protection and is a no-fault benefit that covers medical bills for 3 years as well as a portion of lost income. It is separate from the claim you may have opened covering damage to your car. Your first call should be to your own insurance company to open a PIP  claim, even if the other driver is at fault. Don’t worry, your monthly insurance bill cannot be raised by using PIP! There are no co-pays or deductibles to worry about, and the claim stays open for 3 years if you need it.

4. Keep moving. Fortunately, most health care providers now understand recommending bed rest and immobility after a car crash is a bad idea. Start with testing how far you can move your neck and spine in each plane of motion. Find the degree of movement when pain starts, then back off a degree or two and begin repetitive movements in the pain free range. Repeat this multiple times per day in all directions. Frequent short walks is also a good idea for most kinds of back pain.

Why Chiropractic After a Crash?

Neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, headaches, mental fog and fatigue

Are all commonly reported after car accidents. Sudden, unexpected impact causes your neck to momentarily form an unnatural “S” curve before it flies back into the headrest (hopefully it’s positioned properly!) and then “whips” forward, ripping and tearing soft tissue all along the way. The spinal discs, joint capsules, muscles, tendons and ligaments that hold your spine together are overwhelmed by this sudden stress and tears. The collection of symptoms caused by this damaged tissue is known as “whiplash”. Additionally, your brain bounces around in your skull causing bruising and shearing blood vessels that can result in concussion, or an even worse traumatic brain injury. 


Unfortunately, traditional medical care has not been particularly successful treating these types of injuries. While pain medications sometimes help mask symptoms temporarily, they have negative side effects and can cause powerful addiction after just a couple weeks. The old recommendation of cervical collars and bed-rest allows scar tissue to settle in. Scar tissue  decreases spinal mobility and function laying the foundation for chronic neck and back pain. Unfortunately, 50% of people with pain after a car crash will continue to report moderate to severe pain 10 or more years after the accident. 


What They Say About Us

Dr Penner is amazing, as is the front desk. Dr Penner knows exactly what to do, is very good at manipulations, and never seems to be in a hurry. He also tells you when you dont need to visit anymore, rather than keeping you on a regular visit cycle. He fixed my back in about 5 visits. The front desk works very hard to get you an appt ASAP, and has seen me same-day many times. Highly recommended.


Dr. Penner was great. I had some serious neck and back pain. Couldn’t sleep for days. Finally decided to go to see Dr. Penner, (first time seeing a chiropractor) and I walked out of there feeling like a million bucks. No, scratch that, 2 million. Dr. Penner is also just a genuinely nice guy.


Even though I've moved aways, I continue to go to Dr. Penner as needed for 5 years. He listens carefully and addresses my issues, including giving me recommendations for home stretches. I highly recommend seeing him for chiropractic needs.


I love this clinic! The staff is so nice and Dr. is professional, well informed, gentle and thorough! I always have a great experience when coming here


When I saw Dr. Penner he had a lot to live up to. I’ve tried to change to more conveniently located chiros four times and never found one whose treatments stuck for more than two or three days, resulting in repeated expensive visits, lost time with work/family and consistent nagging discomfort.
Dr. Penner’s office is very professional, he treated me with respect, his staff and other professionals are pleasant and easy to work with. After he adjusted me I felt much better, and now, three weeks later I still feel really good, remarkably so. I think I feel so much better because he taught me a new stretch that really works, something I haven’t come across myself despite many years of physical therapy, stretching, twisting, strength improvement and yoga-ing. I will definitely be back to see Dr. Penner and would recommend to anyone at least one visit to see if you have the same results that I did.


The most caring an amazing chiropractor and Seattle Washington


Dr. Penner is amazing. He's helped get my hip and back issues under control as well as giving me alternatives to help my condition in my daily life. He listens and exhibits empathy in his work. I can't recommend Dr. Penner enough!