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Answers About Whiplash From Our Westchester Chiropractic Team


Whiplash can strike so quickly that you may find yourself wondering what happened and why you're suddenly in so much pain -- not to mention what to do about it. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about whiplash from Joga Chiropractic Center.

  • Why is it called "whiplash?" The sharp backward and forward motions of the head in an automobile impact resemble the lash of a whip. These motions cause damaging degrees of neck hyperextension and hyperflexion.
  • My car was moving at a slow rate of speed. How could I have whiplash? Vehicles are so massive that bringing one to an instant stop, even from a slow speed, transfers lots of momentum to the occupants within. You can sustain an injury such as whiplash even if you were traveling at 5 mph or slower.
  • What does whiplash do to the neck? Whiplash may produce multiple kinds of injuries. In addition to the severe strains and sprains that make soft tissues painful and stiff, a whiplash injury may push the cervical vertebrae out of alignment, creating abnormal neck curvature and joint function. Herniate discs may also protrude from the cervical spine onto major nerve roots.
  • What are the common symptoms of whiplash? An immobile neck that causes you agonizing pain when you try to move it is the most well-known whiplash symptom. But this disorder may also cause shoulder pain, jaw pain, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, insomnia, tinnitus, vision problems, and pain or tingling in the upper extremities (due to pinched nerves).
  • Will whiplash get better on its own? While some cases of whiplash may resolve themselves, serious issues such as a cervical misalignment may remain, leading to chronic pain and other symptoms. That's why it always makes good sense to see our chiropractor for evaluation and treatment.
  • Does whiplash damage require surgery? Many people who sustain a cervical spinal injury are worried that they might have to undergo corrective neck surgery. But the good news is that most cases of whiplash can be corrected through conservative treatment modalities such as chiropractic care.
  • How does chiropractic care help whiplash? Chiropractic adjustments to the cervical spine can restore your neck vertebrae, vertebral joints and discs to the proper positions. This can relieve nerve compression while also minimizing additional stress on injured muscle groups.
  • What other treatment methods can your Westchester and West LA chiropractic clinic provide? Our Westchester and West LA chiropractic center can provide massage therapy and RockTape help soft tissues feel better and heal more efficiently. These techniques make a natural complement to spinal adjustments as part of your holistic healing and rehabilitation plan.

Get Your Whiplash Answers From Our Westchester, LA, ans West Los Angeles Chiropractor

Our Westchester, LA, West Los Angeles and Santa Monica chiropractor, Dr. Viktorija Joga, is ready to provide the answers to your whiplash questions -- and your symptoms. Call 310-421-4473 to schedule an evaluation!

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