Whiplash: getting proper care after a car accident

Whiplash: getting proper care after a car accident



Whiplash is a well-known result of an auto accident but, what exactly is it?

The impact of a vehicle – whether moving fast or slow – will cause everything in the car to move in the direction of the opposing force. This force generates enormous pressure on the neck and back. The average head weighs nine pounds, but it can reach a force of up to 90 pounds when moving with the inertia of impact.

Whiplash can be caused by various high-impact events but is most commonly caused by a car accident when one has been rear-ended. The head is forced backward in whiplash and then forwards (remember: 90 pounds of force) quickly.

The result of whiplash is extreme stress to the neck and spine. Whiplash symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Chiropractic treatment for whiplash is up to 94 percent successful at reducing or eliminating whiplash and neck pain symptoms. Since every case of whiplash is unique, your chiropractor will design a treatment program that’s right for you.


Treatment may include:

  • Adjustment
  • Muscle relaxation and/or stimulation
  • Various exercises
  • Ergonomic and lifestyle changes.


Like most other injuries, untreated car accident injuries like whiplash can result in more severe side effects, including chronic pain and degenerative disease. Even minor pain from an accident should get an immediate diagnosis and treatment. Call your local chiropractic physician to discuss a course of treatment appropriate for your accident recovery.


By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit tpcportland.com.