What is Whiplash injury? Symptoms, Causes, and Chiropractic Treatment

What is Whiplash injury? Symptoms, Causes, and Chiropractic Treatment

What is whiplash injury? Everyone has heard of someone who has been in a car accident and afterwards isn’t the same. Whiplash causes pain, sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression , fatigue and cognitive problems. Whiplash pain , low energy and cognitive problems can take you away from enjoying life. Unfortunately there is a stigma out there in the public that whiplash sufferers are making their symptoms up and are exaggerating what they feel.

This is an unfortunate mantra that has been entrained into our culture most likely coming from insurance companies who want to minimize how badly whiplash injuries can affect ones life. After all insurance companies are in the business of keeping their money not compensating people properly for their injuries.

Painting a picture of those injured as psychosomatic discourages people from placing claims and finding the help that they deserve from injuries that often can cause devastating long term health consequences.
Whiplash is an ever increasing injury, occurring due to congested cities and long commutes. Unfortunately, most people who suffer a whiplash injury do not get the right type of care they need to correct their injuries.

As a consequence they often live with long term pain syndromes. Whiplash can be viewed as a minor episode in life to those not affected but the fallout that can be caused by whiplash is understated and misunderstood. Whiplash affects the soft tissue of the upper cervical spine, spinal joint alignment and most importantly causes irritation to the central nervous system.

Nervous system interference can cause a cascade of health problems down the road if not corrected properly. In this article we will talk about common whiplash symptoms , whiplash causes, and how you can most effectively correct whiplash injury.

What is whiplash? Everyone has heard of someone who has been in a car accident and afterwards isn’t the same. Whiplash causes pain, sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression , fatigue and cognitive problems. Whiplash pain , low energy and cognitive problems can take you away from enjoying life.

Unfortunately there is a stigma out there in the public that whiplash sufferers are making their symptoms up and are exaggerating what they feel. This is an unfortunate mantra that has been entrained into our culture most likely coming from insurance companies who want to minimize how badly whiplash injuries can affect ones life.

After all insurance companies are in the business of keeping their money not compensating people properly for their injuries. Painting a picture of those injured as psychosomatic discourages people from placing claims and finding the help that they deserve from injuries that often can cause devastating long term health consequences.


Whiplash is an ever increasing injury, occurring due to congested cities and long commutes. Unfortunately, most people who suffer a whiplash injury do not get the right type of care they need to correct their injuries. As a consequence they often live with long term pain syndromes. Whiplash can be viewed as a minor episode in life to those not affected but the fallout that can be caused by whiplash is understated and misunderstood.

Whiplash affects the soft tissue of the upper cervical spine, spinal joint alignment and most importantly causes irritation to the central nervous system. Nervous system interference can cause a cascade of health problems down the road if not corrected properly. In this article we will talk about common whiplash symptoms , whiplash causes, and how you can most effectively correct whiplash injury.

Whiplash Symptoms- What is Whiplash?

Cognitive Problems
Balance Difficulty
Depression/ Anxiety
Fatigue
Procrastination
Inability to form sentences
Insomnia
PTSD with driving
Neck Pain, Back Pain, Shoulder Pain
Headache
Stiffness Throughout Body

Whiplash Causes-What Is Whiplash

Whiplash can occur in a plethora of human activities. Most commonly, whiplash is associated with motor vehicle accidents. However, sports injuries, slip and falls, and other trauma that includes speed or force can produce a classic whiplash injury.

Whiplash is caused by rapid deceleration and then acceleration of the head. The forces involved tear ligaments, soft tissue and destabilize the joints of the neck and spine leading to irritation and interference to the central nervous system.

Whiplash Does Not Affect Everyone the Same- What Is Whiplash

Whiplash in Adults

Studies indicated that adult women receive twice the damage in a whiplash injury than men. This is due to their slighter frames and less muscle mass surrounding the spine.

Rear end collisions with the head turned produces twice the damage to the cervical spine compared to when the head is straight forward. T-bone side impact collisions produce four times the damage as a neutral rear end impact. (2) When lateral( t-bone) injuries occur there is less range of motion in lateral bending of the neck, consequently the joints, soft tissue and muscles sustain more injury in this type of whiplash injury.

Whiplash in Kids

Erroneously, there seems to be a notion in our society that kids are young and therefore aren’t affected by whiplash injury. It is true that kids are more malleable and have more vigor in their system because of youth. With that said kids sustain the same tissue damage as adults.

Not correcting whiplash injury in kids can affect their health down the road. Many of the adult patients we take care of in our Los Angeles Upper Cervical Health Care office can correlate their health problems with a whiplash type injury in childhood that was never properly corrected. Spinal misalignment in the upper cervical spine can have devastating effects on nervous system function.


A Unique Whiplash Chiropractic Treatment – What is Whiplash and How to Correct it.

When it comes to whiplash injury and upper cervical spine injury it is important that you get to a doctor that is specially trained to correct spinal misalignment. The upper cervical spine is the most unique area of the spine and requires precision, finesse, and skill to properly correct spinal injury that results from whiplash.

The blair upper cervical procedure is focused on correcting misalignments at the cranio cervical junction(CCJ). The first goal is to take a complete history and exam to locate exactly which vertebrae in the upper neck is misaligned. Once determined precise imaging is taken to view each the misalignment of the joints.

This information is then used in a formula to make a precise gentle correction that includes no twisting popping or pulling of the neck. What is Whiplash? – it’s an injury that must be corrected by a trained upper cervical specialist so you can regain your life and health again. Nature needs no help just no interference!


If you or a loved one is suffering from health problems that resulted from whiplash injury our Los Angeles offices offer a FREE CONSULTATION.

To schedule call 310 324-6172 for our Carson office or 213 399-7772 for our Los Angeles location. We hope this article clearly answered the question what is whiplash and more importantly gave hope and healing those who suffer.References – What is Whiplash?

  1. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/whiplash/
  2. https://www.justicepays.com/learning/crash-science/the-effects-of-side-impact-car-crashes-on-the-body
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Dr. Drew Hall is a Los Angeles and Carson Chiropractor who serves patients from Long Beach, Torrance, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Burbank, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Westwood, Pasadena, Culver City, Hollywood and Orange County.


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