Auto Injuries Specialist

Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc.

Medical Clinic, Chiropractors & Physical Therapy located in Mission Viejo, CA

If you incur an injury on the roads, it can leave you with acute musculoskeletal pain and often chronic health problems. Victor Rafa, DC, and Rona Palompo, DPT, at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. in Mission Viejo, California, can help you recover from an automobile injury and prevent chronic pain and disability. Their integrative medical team provides a range of therapies that effectively treat musculoskeletal injuries without any need for surgery or prescription medications. Call their office today to find out more or use the online booking form.

Auto Injuries Q & A

What is an automobile injury?

As the term implies, an auto injury stems from a vehicular accident. Among the seemingly endless number of people who are in at least one vehicle accident in their lifetime, an estimated 3 million people are hurt each year, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While most of these accidents are fender benders rather than high-speed collisions, even a minor accident can cause significant musculoskeletal damage.

If you experience an auto injury, you should go to Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. for an assessment to ensure there's no damage, even if you think you're unharmed. Untreated injuries can evolve into chronic problems that cause long-term pain and loss of function.

What type of automobile injury am I likely to suffer?

Any part of your body could sustain damage in an accident. Cuts and bruises are almost inevitable, but you could also strain muscles and tendons or sprain ligaments, suffer tears to these soft tissues, dislocate a joint, or fracture a bone.

Whiplash is a typical auto accident injury that happens when your head whips violently forward and backward. The force of your head moving like this can cause extensive soft tissue damage. Falls can also cause connective tissue and cartilage damage.

Back injuries are a common kind of auto injury too. The vertebrae that make up your spinal column could become misaligned, and the discs between the vertebrae could suffer damage. This can cause nerve compression and irritation, leading to conditions like cervical radiculopathy and sciatica.

How is an automobile injury treated?

The Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. team has considerable expertise in treating musculoskeletal auto injuries. Your treatment plan might include:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Massage therapy
  • Hot and cold treatments
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Electrostimulation
  • Spinal decompression
  • Regenerative medicine therapies
  • Cold laser therapy


Chiropractic manipulation is highly effective in addressing problems with misalignment or subluxations in your spine. With expert treatment and follow-up care, you can recover from an auto injury and avoid chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Call Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. today for more information, or book an appointment online.