Whiplash is an injury that generally occurs as a result of an auto accident. The condition can cause a variety of troubling symptoms that may worsen as time passes. At The Balanced Atlas in San Francisco, CA, we offer a range of techniques for treating whiplash discomfort and stiffness.

Understanding Whiplash

Whiplash results from the rapid back-and-forth motion of the head and upper back during an auto impact or other activity. The motion can cause damage to the delicate structures of the upper cervical spine, muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Whiplash can lead to many symptoms, which could impact your ability to function well in daily life. The damage is not always apparent immediately after an accident or injury. However, over time, symptoms can worsen.

Symptoms of Neck Injury

Most people experience pain when moving the head, stiffness of the neck, or loss of range of motion in the neck. Tenderness in the neck or upper back, frequent headaches, fatigue, blurred vision, and problems with memory can also occur. Some individuals develop tingling or numbness in the arms. These problems can make everyday tasks difficult.

Diagnosing Whiplash

Your chiropractor will take a medical history and ask questions about your injury. A thorough physical exam can help to determine the severity of the injury. If necessary, an x-ray will be taken to find where the injury is in the upper vertebrae. After a careful evaluation, your doctor will design a care plan for your unique needs, to relieve discomfort and improve function.

Whiplash Treatment

Manual adjustment can help restore normal alignment to the upper spine. The NUCCA method, which means National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association, uses gentle manipulation of the upper cervical area to correct structural problems. Corrective exercise can strengthen the supporting structures of the head and neck to improve movement. Your chiropractor can also advise you on ergonomic improvements to prevent strain on the neck and upper back.

Your Choice for Chiropractic Care in San Francisco

Dr. Allen Harrison uses his extensive knowledge of chiropractic care and integrated medicine to help his patients in San Francisco, CA, and nearby communities achieve better health and physical function. We treat a broad range of conditions, including back pain, disc disorders, headaches, sports injuries, auto accident injuries, and problems with pregnancy. Call The Balanced Atlas today at 415-242-1472 for an appointment to have your injury assessed and to learn about our whiplash treatment options for your pain.