What is whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury that occurs when the neck and head are suddenly forced backward and then forward putting the cervical spine through lightning quick motions and extreme stress. Most cases of whiplash occur as a result of an Auto Injuries and in some rare cases it can arise from sports injuries.

Symptoms of whiplash

Symptoms of whiplash may manifest immediately following the initial trauma or they can take a few hours or days to appear. However, people who experience whiplash may develop one or more of the following symptoms within the first few days after the injury:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headache
  • Shoulder or upper back pain
  • Neck instability
  • Radiating tingling, weakness or numbness
  • Vision problems
  • Fatigue, memory or concentration problems

The symptoms listed above are usually an indication of an injury to the upper cervical region resulting from whiplash. Some of the injuries include:

  • Ligament tears or strains
  • Soft tissue tears or strains
  • Injured discs
  • Injured nerves
  • Injured joints

Treating Whiplash with Chiropractic Care

Our Sterling Heights chiropractors have years of experience in successfully treating whiplash injuries resulting from auto accidents( link to auto accident page). Evaluation will begin through digital x-ray analysis to identify the specific injuries that resulted from the trauma. The patient will then have their treatment plan tailored to them according to their findings and diagnosis. Our Sterling Heights office offers a variety of treatments that have successfully treated many auto patients in the past including: Spinal manipulation, mechanical traction, rehabilitative exercises to strengthen the areas around the injured areas to avoid future injuries and massage therapy.


Call our office today if you feel you are experiencing symptoms of a whiplash related injury!

(586) 279-3392