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Whiplash is the hyperextension (either forward, backward or to the side) of the cervical spine.  It can occur in a car accident, fall, or in any situation where the neck is dramatically thrust forward and/or backward.

Symptoms of Whiplash include (but are not limited to): 

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Visual abnormalities

  • Restricted neck movement or stiffness

  • Neck, shoulder, or arm pain

  • Radiating pain

  • Jaw pain

Whiplash symptoms don’t always appear immediately after an accident.  In some cases, the result of Whiplash occurs months after the accident that caused it.  However, once symptoms set in they can last for months or even years.  


The most common occurrence of Whiplash follows a car accident.  The sudden jolt to the head and torso can compress and bulge discs; throw vertebrae out of alignment; stress or tear muscle, ligaments, and/or nerve roots or the spinal cord.  Damage caused by an accident will progress if not treated quickly and properly.

The Role of Chiropractic Care

Imagine driving through a hard rain storm when the car in front of you comes to an unexpected stop.  You quickly slow down only to have the car behind yours hit your rear end.  Luckily, there are no serious injuries, but that night, you feel a dull ache in your neck, what do you do now? 

Any substantial blow to your body, whether from a car accident, contact sports or an accident at work can cause whiplash or other neck injuries and warrants a thorough chiropractic check up.   

Following a fall or car accident where a sudden or powerful jolt to the neck occurred, and irregardless of whether symptoms of a Whiplash are present, it is always wise to contact Dr. Suzi Desai to schedule a spinal evaluation.  Acting proactively can save patients time, money and, most of all, pain down the road.

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