Most people who experience whiplash get it because they’ve been sitting in a vehicle and gotten hit by another vehicle. When this unexpected accident occurs, their body moves in such a way that the head and/or neck is jolted forward and backward awkwardly and forcefully. It can’t be stopped, and days or weeks later the person who gets hit often experiences whiplash pain.

If and when you’re involved in a car crash, don’t wait to visit our office for a chiropractic exam. Spinal adjustments can help ease the pain of whiplash and other accident-related injuries.

Frequently Asked Questions

In your body, many things are connected. Therefore, when you experience whiplash you might also have pain elsewhere because the nerves to places like your arms and hands exit the spine in the same area associated with your neck. So, you might experience numbness or tingling in your arms and hands. You might also experience back, leg or foot pain, too.
Your body is used to adapting to situations and surroundings. However, an accident is traumatic and it might overwhelm your system(s). Therefore, when the body decides it’s “too much” to handle, symptoms like headaches can happen after a crash. They might not happen an hour after the crash, but they certainly can occur days or weeks afterward.
It turns out that even minor collisions can cause spinal issues. Energy gets directly transferred to the driver and passengers during a “fender bender,” so, thanks to the laws of physics, they’re feeling the crash more so than if it’s a major crash where the car takes the majority of the energy transfer.
It’s not easy to prevent whiplash if someone rear ends you unexpectedly. That said, being a defensive driver who pays careful attention to the vehicles around at all times can certainly help prevent a whiplash injury.