Whiplash Injury and the Importance of Chiropractic Care

Whiplash Injury and the Importance of Chiropractic Care


•  A strain or sprain of soft tissue structures of the cervical spine

•  A whiplash injury may be complicated by fractures and/or dislocations


•  Neck

•  Shoulders

•  Mid-thoracic region

•  Sub-occipital regions

•  Injury to the muscle motor unit and decreased function resulting in muscle spasms

•  May be intensified by active or passive ranges of motion

Signs and Symptoms

•  Headaches

•  Numbness or tingling sensation radiating down to the extremities

•  Muscle spasm

•  Inflammation

•  Blurred vision

•  Chest pain

•  Nausea/vomiting

•  Decreased range of motion due to restriction from pain and guarding

•  Increased pain with weight bearing

•  Pain may be immediate or take several weeks following an accident


•  Decrease muscle spasms

•  Alleviate pain to a tolerable level

•  Increase range of motion

•  Restore normal strength and stability to the ligament structures

•  Quickly change to rehabilitation and restoration of function

Chiropractic Care

It is very important to seek chiropractic care as soon as possible following an automobile accident in order to circumvent any future additional pain, problems, convalescence, and/or rehabilitation to the areas affected by a whiplash injury.  The recovery time will be less due to immediate care with consistent treatments.

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