Whiplash FAQs

Whiplash is a common condition in auto accident injuries but can also occur from fast-moving sports or a high fall. In all these cases, whiplash is a condition caused by forces violently whipping the head back and forth. If you have been in an auto accident, we at Lake Marion Chiropractic Center in Lakeville and St Paul are here to help assess the damage and find the treatment that works for you.

Is Whiplash Painful?

Whiplash can be very painful. The reason why trauma from whiplash is so painful is because the soft tissue around the neck gets the most impact. More than one direction change can happen in an accident, causing what is known as a whiplash effect of a back and forth violent motion. However, the damage from whiplash may be minor and go unnoticed, eventually leading to health complications later in life.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Whiplash?

Whiplash can occur in many different ways. However, the most common causes are car accidents, contact sports injuries, or physical assault and abuse.

What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

Some patients experience symptoms of whiplash immediately after the accident. However, others may not experience symptoms until hours or even days after the accident. Common symptoms of whiplash are neck pain or stiffness, loss of range of motion in the neck, headache at the base of the skull, tenderness in the shoulders and upper back, dizziness, blurry vision, fatigue, or trouble sleeping or concentrating.

How Can a Chiropractor Help?

Chiropractic treatment for whiplash starts with a physical examination. The first thing that our team will do is examine the spine and the neck to determine the injury's exact location. After the area is specified and we diagnose the damage, we will offer the patient a personalized treatment plan.

What Are the Different Treatment Options?

Muscle stimulation and relaxation - With the help of finger techniques and gentle stretches, a chiropractic specialist reduces muscle tension and provides pain relief. 

Spinal adjustments – Hands-on manipulation realigns neck joints back into proper placement. 

Instrument-assisted therapy – Our team may use different instruments for treating affected soft tissues. 

Specific trigger point therapy - The purpose of this chiropractic technique is to stimulate the nervous system to reinstate proper spine motion. 

Contact Us for Chiropractic Care in Lakeville or St Paul, MN

If you have sustained an injury and are still experiencing pain or discomfort, it is time to see a specialist. Our team of professionals at Lake Marion Chiropractic Center provides a range of chiropractic services to patients around our Lakeville and St Paul locations. Contact us today to find out how we can help you get back to living pain-free. 


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