Whiplash FAQs

Whiplash symptoms can range from mild pain to chronic neck pain and stiffness. The most common cause of whiplash is rear end collisions, but you can also get whiplash from a slip and fall or sports collision. At Unity Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Beaverton, OR, we have ample experience treating whiplash injuries. These FAQs explore more about whiplash causes, symptoms and treatment.


What causes whiplash?

Whiplash is a common car accident injury resulting from a rear end collision. The sharp impact on your vehicle can cause your head to snap forward and back abruptly, leaving you with soft tissue neck injuries. Although whiplash is mostly associated with auto accidents, it can also occur from slip and falls, sports collisions, bungee jumping, and even roller coaster rides.

What kind of damage can whiplash cause?

Whiplash can produce multiple injuries in your cervical spine and back almost instantly. These injuries range from torn muscles and ligaments, to misalignment of cervical bones, joint damage, and herniated discs.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Neck pain, inflammation, stiffness, and soreness are some of the most common symptoms of whiplash. You may also experience migraine headaches, dizziness, or numbness. Whiplash pain can limit your range of motion and mobility, making it difficult to perform daily tasks or even sleep.

If I don’t feel neck pain immediately after an accident, should I still see a chiropractor?

Some people feel pain right away while others have delayed symptoms. A visit to our Beaverton, OR chiropractor can determine if you have this car accident injury so you can get immediate treatment.

How does chiropractic care help with whiplash?

If your whiplash pain is caused by misalignments in your neck or spine, our chiropractor will use adjustments to correct these issues and restore balance to your system. This will help reduce neck pain, migraine headaches, and other painful symptoms. Realigning your cervical spine is the first step toward restoring body function and helping neck muscles to heal.

Combining adjustments with complementary therapies like massage and corrective exercises can promote quicker healing of your injury. Massage relieves muscle tension to minimize pain and inflammation. Corrective exercises help restore neck strength, range of motion, and flexibility.

Why should I choose chiropractic whiplash treatment?

Chiropractic treatments offer an alternative to drugs and surgery for treating auto accident injuries like whiplash. Drugs only offer temporary pain relief. In contrast, chiropractic care treats your pain and the source of your pain to help you heal naturally using safe, noninvasive therapies and techniques.

See Our Beaverton Chiropractor for Chiropractic Whiplash Treatment

To schedule a consultation for diagnosis and treatment of whiplash, contact Unity Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Beaverton, OR at (503) 747-3388.