Automobile accidents are unfortunately a common occurrence. The most common injury associated with automobile accidents is “Whiplash” injury to the neck (please see the Whiplash topic). However, other areas of the body including the TMJ (temporomandibular joint), mid back, low back or head and extremities can, of course be traumatized as well. Additionally, fairly low impacts, especially from the rear of the vehicle can result in fairly significant injuries. Underlying conditions like arthritis or disc degeneration can predispose a person to painful symptoms from these impacts. If you have been in an automobile accident and you have not been to an emergency room, it is important to get evaluated by a medical professional. Either your primary care doctor or a doctor of chiropractic can see you for this injury and initiate treatment if necessary. As far as home care, ice and rest are the best choices until you can be evaluated and managed.