Whiplash Treatment

Known as one of the most common car accident injuries, whiplash requires the specialized care of a chiropractor. Here at Sabet Chiropractic, our experienced chiropractor team has experience in diagnosing and treating whiplash. If you believe you're suffering from whiplash, consult with Sabet Chiropractic today.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash Treatment

Whiplash is a type of neck injury that occurs when the head is suddenly and forcefully jerked backward and then forward. This rapid back-and-forth movement mimics the cracking of a whip, which is how the condition gets its name. The primary cause of whiplash is the sudden acceleration-deceleration force that leads to the overextension of the neck's muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This can result in a range of symptoms.


Symptoms of whiplash may include:

  • Neck pain or stiffness: The most common symptom is neck pain or stiffness, which can develop immediately after the injury or in the days following.
  • Headaches: Whiplash can lead to headaches, which often originate at the base of the skull and radiate towards the forehead.
  • Reduced range of motion: In some cases, individuals with whiplash may have difficulty moving their necks and turning their heads.
  • Pain in the shoulders and upper back: Whiplash injuries can extend beyond the neck, causing pain in the upper back and shoulders.
  • Tingling or numbness in arms: Some individuals may experience tingling or numbness in their arms, which can be due to nerve compression or irritation.
  • Fatigue: Whiplash can be physically draining, and people may experience fatigue as a result of the injury.

Keeping track of your symptoms is important when diagnosing whiplash. When diagnosing whiplash, multiple components are considered. This includes your shoulders and neck's range of motion, reflex response, and what motion causes pain. Imaging tests may also be ordered, just to rule out other injuries.

How to Treat Whiplash

Whiplash is typically treated through a combination of methods designed to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and improve the patient's range of motion. Treatment can vary based on the severity of the injury, but here are some common approaches:

  1. Rest: Initially, it's essential to rest and avoid activities that could worsen the injury. This may include temporarily using a soft neck collar or brace to limit neck movement.
  2. Pain Medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers may help reduce pain and inflammation.
  3. Heat and Ice: Applying heat and ice can be beneficial. Ice is typically applied in the first 24-48 hours to reduce inflammation, while heat can help relax tense muscles.
  4. Neck Brace or Collar: These may be recommended in the initial stages to support the neck and reduce movement. However, their long-term use is generally discouraged as it can weaken the neck muscles.
  5. Massage: Massage therapy can help relieve muscle tension and promote relaxation.
  6. Activity Modification: You might need to make temporary modifications to your activities or workspace to prevent worsening of symptoms.
  7. Cervical Traction: This involves the use of a device to gently stretch the neck, relieving pressure on the spinal discs and reducing pain.
  8. Chiropractic Care: Chiropractors may use manual manipulation techniques to address neck pain and improve mobility.

Our Approach

At Sabet Chiropractic, we approach each patient with a custom treatment plan according to their goals and injury severity. We then create a custom treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs and recovery goals. Our chiropractic services help alleviate pain, improve mobility, decrease inflammation, and enhance natural healing without resorting to invasive surgeries or dependency on painkillers.

Common Causes of Whiplash

Motor Vehicle Accidents

The most frequent cause of whiplash is rear-end vehicle collisions. However, it can also occur in other types of vehicle accidents, such as front-end collisions and side-impact crashes.

Sports Injuries

Contact sports, especially those involving physical collisions like football and rugby, can lead to whiplash when players are tackled or hit.

Physical Assault

A sudden blow or impact to the head or neck, as may occur during an assault, can cause whiplash.

Slips and Falls

Falling backward and striking the head or experiencing a sudden, jerking motion in a fall can lead to whiplash.

Amusement Park Rides

Some amusement park rides involve rapid acceleration or deceleration, which can cause whiplash-like injuries, particularly if the head is not adequately supported.

Workplace Injuries

In some occupational settings, such as construction sites or factories, employees may be at risk of whiplash if they are struck by falling objects or machinery.

Recreational Activities

Whiplash can also occur during recreational activities such as horseback riding, cycling, and skiing if there's a sudden jolt or fall.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse or assault can involve sudden, forceful blows to the head or neck, resulting in whiplash injuries.

It's important to note that the severity of whiplash can vary widely, and symptoms may not always be immediately evident after the injury. Sometimes, symptoms may take hours or days to become noticeable.

Contact Sabet Chiropractic

At Sabet Chiropractic, we understand the difficulty of dealing with whiplash and its effects. Our experienced team of chiropractors will work closely with you to develop an individualized treatment plan designed to help you achieve a full recovery. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment. Together, we can get you back on the road to feeling better and living life to the fullest.

Chiropractic Services We Provide

As your chiropractor, we offer a variety of treatments, including:

Chiropractic Adjustments

Hands-on manipulation techniques to correct spinal alignment and other affected areas, facilitating the body's self-healing process.

Physical Therapy

A range of exercises and stretches designed to restore injured areas' strength, flexibility, and mobility.

Massage Therapy

Techniques focused on muscle relaxation, improved circulation, and accelerated recovery time.

Spinal Decompression

A non-invasive solution that can provide significant relief for severe back and neck pain, often linked to herniated discs or other spinal injuries.

Whiplash FAQs

How does whiplash affect my body?

Depending on the severity, whiplash may injure nearby muscles, ligaments, nerves, bones in the spine, or the disks between bones. Whiplash may also lead to cognitive issues, such as brain fog.

Can I fully recover from whiplash?

Yes, it is possible to fully recover from whiplash with proper treatment. Seek advice from medical professionals and see a chiropractor to begin your recovery process.

How can I prevent whiplash?

Ensure your car seat and headrest are adjusted properly to have good posture while driving. Sit upright and always wear a seatbelt.

How long is the recovery process?

The majority of people take a few weeks to a few months to recover from whiplash. The length of the recovery process depends on the severity of the injury and how quickly the individual begins treatment.

Should I go to a chiropractor for whiplash?

Yes, seeing a chiropractor shortly after the injury is a great treatment option. Not only will this help reduce the recovery process, but this will help you gain a full range of motion again. Contact Sabet Chiropractic today to get started.

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