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Chiropractic For Whiplash & Auto Accident Victims PDF Print E-mail


Whiplash occurs from sudden movement of the head moving forward, backward or sideways. Although it is most commonly associated with car accidents, you may experience whiplash if you are an avid athlete, experience a trauma or fall or even turn your neck the wrong way. Whiplash affects the neck area and causes damage to the muscles, nerves, ligaments and discs. Typical symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness
  • Tenderness
  • Arm pain
  • Headaches

Treatment for whiplash by a chiropractor may include a thorough history and full examination, which may include an X-ray. A chiropractor performs specific adjustments to the neck and surrounding area to reduce pain and irritation and allow the body to return to its normal function and natural healing process. Some chiropractors may recommend specific rehabilitation exercises or the use of a neck brace as part of their treatment plan.

* Information from this section comes from the British Chiropractic Associationand the American Chiropractic Association

Auto Accidents

Too often people do not seek treatment after being involved in an accident because they do not feel pain or have any obvious symptoms. Unfortunately, even a minor accident can affect proper functioning of the body.

Common symptoms after auto accidents include:

  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Lower back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Tension
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Pain jaw / Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
  • Hip and leg pain
  • Irritability
  • Ringing in the ears

For auto accident treatment, chiropractors perform a full examination of the injury, which may include an X-ray, and aim to restore natural mechanical functions through specific adjustments and manipulations, recommendations of lifestyle changes and possible exercise and therapies.

* Information in this section comes from http://www.chiroweb.net/chiropractic/index.html and the American Chiropractic Association