Symptoms and Causes of Whiplash

Symptoms and Causes of Whiplash in Chesapeake, VA

Whiplash is a common condition in auto accident injuries but can also occur from fast-moving sports or a high fall. In all these cases, whiplash is a condition caused by forces violently whipping the head back and forth. Whiplash trauma can be extremely painful because the soft tissue around the neck gets most of the impact. More than one direction change can happen in an accident causing what is known as a whiplash effect of a back and forth damaging motion. However, the damage from whiplash may be minor and go unnoticed, eventually leading to health complications later in life. If you have been in an auto accident, we at Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Chesapeake are here to help assess the damage and find the treatment that works for you.

Symptoms of Whiplash 

Aside from neck pain being an obvious symptom of whiplash, you may also experience difficulty moving your neck or a general numbness, tingling, or weakness in the neck. People will often experience headaches or migraines from whiplash. A subtle symptom of whiplash is a change in mood. If you find yourself to be irritable or depressed post-accident, it may be caused by the nerves in your neck negatively affecting your health. Whiplash can also lead to you developing tinnitus, memory problems, or difficulty concentrating. 

Treating Whiplash

Chiropractic treatment for whiplash starts with a physical examination. The first thing that our team will do is examine the spine and the neck to determine the exact location of the injury. After the location is determined and the injury is diagnosed, the patient is offered a personalized treatment plan. A typical whiplash treatment plan includes the following procedures and chiropractic techniques: 

Muscle stimulation and relaxation - With the help of finger techniques and gentle stretches, a chiropractic specialist reduces muscle tension and provides pain relief. 

Spinal adjustments – Hands-on manipulation is used to realign neck joints back into proper placement. 

Instrument-assisted therapy – Our team may use different instruments for treating affected soft tissues. 

Specific trigger point therapy - The purpose of this chiropractic technique is to stimulate the nervous system to reinstate proper spine motion. 

Contact Us for Help in Chesapeake

If you have sustained an injury caused by an accident and you are still experiencing pain or discomfort, it is time to see a specialist. At Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, our team of professionals provides a range of chiropractic services to patients in Chesapeake. Contact us today to find out how we can help you get back to living pain-free. 


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  • "I love coming here! They offer great chiropractics and massage therapy. I always leave feeling better. Dr.Santer and the team are always so welcoming and make me feel like we have been friends for years. You truly feel they care about you. It is easy to set up and appointment and they are very understanding when something comes up. I like the office and staff so much and think they do such an amazing job! I tell all my friends and family about it. Thank you everyone for all you do!!!"
    Dominique C., Chesapeake, VA
  • ""I first came to Atlantic Chiropractic 5 years ago with a pinched nerve in my neck. I was in so much pain, I could not even move my head. Dr. Eric diagnosed the problem almost immediately and confirmed it with the EMG. He set up a treatment plan and told me I probably would not feel significant relief for a good two weeks. I appreciated his thoroughness, expertise, and honesty. As it turned out, I was actually pain free in one week! I always refer my friends to Dr. Eric/Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation for the most trusted effective chiropractic care.""
    Michelle G., Chesapeake, VA