The term whiplash refers to the injury which occurs when the neck is hyperextended and hyperflexed during a whip-like motion which occurs when the body is in motion and is abruptly stopped. This whip-like motion stretches and strains the soft tissues in the neck such as ligaments and muscles out of their normal range of motion, injuring the area. Most commonly, whiplash occurs during rear end vehicle collisions, but can also happen during sports, falls, while riding a roller coaster, and in a myriad of other situations, as well. Individuals can also incur whiplash injuries in auto accidents which occur at unbelievably low speeds – as slow as five miles per hour! For this reason, many whiplash sufferers do not even realize they might be injured until symptoms appear much later. Our chiropractors recommend all individuals involved in rear end collisions visit a chiropractor as soon as possible after an auto accident to begin treatment right away in order to mitigate the severity of whiplash symptoms. 

Symptoms of Whiplash

Though some patients experience whiplash symptoms soon after an accident, many often do not even realize they have a whiplash injury until days or even weeks after the injury incurs because whiplash symptoms do not always present themselves immediately. Scheduling a physical examination with our chiropractor result in an immediate diagnosis and allow you to begin treatment right away, if you do have whiplash. 

Symptoms of whiplash commonly include:

  • Stiffness and pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back
  • Worsening of pain with movement
  • Limited range of motion or flexibility in the neck and shoulders
  • Headaches
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms and shoulders
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

In some cases of whiplash, sufferers also experience:

  • Changes in eyesight or blurry vision
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Diminished ability to concentrate
  • Memory loss
  • Depression

Left untreated, whiplash symptoms often worsen over time, as scar tissue forms and the injury heals incorrectly and unaided. 

Whiplash Treatment with our Chiropractor in Beaverton

Our chiropractors, Dr. Kathy Cantwell, Dr. Jessie Garrison, and Dr. Justin Jelen help patients find relief from whiplash with chiropractic care specifically adapted for whiplash treatment. Using a combination of holistic treatments including gentle spinal adjustments, myofascial therapy, acupuncture, and even nutritional counseling to help patients eat with the intention of healing, Dr. Cantwell, Dr. Garrison, and Dr. Jelen help to accelerate patients' recovery processes. These gentle techniques help the soft tissues of the neck, shoulders, and upper back heal properly while restoring a normal range of motion. Patients enjoy immediate relief from symptoms and improved overall health over the course of their treatment. 

Scheduling a Neck Pain or Whiplash Treatment Appointment at Unity Chiropractic & Wellness Center

If you have been in an auto accident or suffer from neck pain, we encourage you to contact Unity Chiropractic & Wellness Center at (503) 747-3388 to schedule an appointment. If you are a new patient, be sure to ask about our free consultation special. 


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