Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash is an injury to the neck muscles that occurs due to rapid forward and backward motion of the neck caused by a trauma. It can cause acute neck pain as well as restricted movement in your neck.

Chiropractic care can help cope with whiplash injuries because it can help return proper mechanics to the cervical spine that is the neck. A chiropractor can help reduce pain and speed recovery using safe, non-invasive methods.

Some of the key approaches and methods used by chiropractors for diagnosing and treating whiplash injuries are:

Initial examination

Before starting any treatment for whiplash, it’s important that the chiropractor understands what happened and how it’s impacted you so far. To help with the diagnosis, it is important that you give your chiropractor details about any symptoms you’ve noticed since the incident.

The chiropractor will then perform an examination to evaluate range of motion, joint mobility/stability, and function of the nervous system. The chiropractor will also evaluate the soft tissue for any signs of strains or sprains and rule out serious injury.

The initial examination is necessary as it will give the chiropractor a sense of the severity of the whiplash injury and help him/her develop an effective treatment program.

Spinal manipulation or adjustments

After the whiplash injury, if one or more of your joints stop moving properly, the chiropractor may perform a spinal manipulation or adjustment to help restore proper motion. Additionally, in order to help you move more normally again, adjustments can also reduce pain and improve mobility. However, adjustments are not necessary or ideal in every case. It is therefore best to find a chiropractor that does not simply default to adjustments.

Identifying any danger: x-rays and MRIs

If the chiropractor feels that the whiplash incident may have compromised the stability in one or more of your neck joints, he/she will take x-rays of your neck as you lean forward (in flexion) and as you lean backward (extension) to determine any potential stability issues. The x-rays are important so as to determine which treatment options will be safest and most effective for your particular situation.

The chiropractor may also recommend an MRI depending on the severity of your injury to further evaluate the case. In case of a severe injury, chiropractor may refer you to a different specialist.

Myofascial release

Much of the pain from whiplash injuries can be related to intense tightness between muscle and connective tissues. Myofascial release is one go-to techniques for helping to relieve this pressure. This involves applying gentle and sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Often patients feel relief from this technique after a single treatment. They can also usually get back to normal comfort levels and activities faster.

Rehabilitation exercises

Rehabilitation exercises are important for an optimal recovery. As part of the treatment process, the chiropractor will recommend stretches and exercises that are designed to restore and maintain flexibility, mobility and strength. Doing these exercises will not only help you feel better but can often reduce the number of times you need to visit your care provider. It is therefore important that you do not skip them.

IMC for Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash Injuries

If you need chiropractic treatment for your whiplash injury, contact the office of Integrated Medical Care (IMC) today. At IMC, we have expert chiropractic specialists who use advanced chiropractic techniques to alleviate your pain and help you lead a quality and healthy life. Call us at 845-535-9884 or email us at

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