Whiplash Injury


Whiplash—often happens without a moment’s notice. This neck injury commonly causes widespread pain for years if left untreated. The term “whiplash” describes how a person is injured: the unexpected force whips the head, followed by lashing it back in the opposite direction in a fast & violent manner. This type of trauma strains muscles, tendons, ligaments, damages intervertebral discs and misaligned vertebrae. The damage caused by a whiplash injury causes subluxations and pinched nerves—resulting in pain. Wheat Ridge chiropractor Dr. Al Simeone successfully treats whiplash injury and urges people who have experienced whiplash to schedule an exam as soon as possible.

Chiropractic Care is Excellent Whiplash Pain Relief Treatment

Whiplash is most commonly associated with car accident injuries, but you can also experience whiplash during a sports injury or personal injury. This type of injury is particularly sneaky; pain from the injury may not begin for hours or sometimes days following the whiplash injury. If you have experienced an accident or injury where your head was whipped back and forth quickly, or if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, swift chiropractic care and treatment for soft tissue injuries can help you prevent long-term pain:
Neck pain and stiffness
Hearing or vision disturbances
Face and jaw pain (like TMJ)
Difficulty concentrating
Difficulty swallowing
Dizziness or light-headedness
Upper back pain (between the shoulder blades)

Arm or hand pain, numbness or tingling (like carpal tunnel syndrome)

Since whiplash is a complicated injury that occurs in a critical area of the spine, symptom relief depends on intricate treatment to address both soft-tissue sprains and strains in addition to the vertebral misalignments. Painkillers simply are not enough; no chemical can correct a mechanical issue such as whiplash.

Get Whiplash Pain Relief with Your Chiropractor

Wheat Ridge chiropractor Dr. Al Simeone treats whiplash to make sure you get fast, long-lasting pain relief and complete healing:
Chiropractic adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments

Dr. Al Simeone gently and precisely corrects cervical spine misalignment to relieve pressure from pinched nerves and discs; this often provides immediate pain relief caused by whiplash and is an essential part of overall healing from the injury.

Poor Posture

Spinal Decompression

Our Triton DTS Spinal Decompression table may help you avoid surgery or injections. Spinal decompression tables offer a specific force to give the discs between your vertebrae relief to help take the pressure off bulging and herniated discs caused by whiplash injuries.

soft tissue therapy

Soft tissue therapy

Soft tissue therapy helps heal damage to muscles, tendons and ligaments caused by whiplash injuries to support healthy neck posture. It also relieves pain and reduces stiffness naturally.

therapeutic exercise

Therapeutic Exercise

Dr. Al Simeone teaches you in specific exercises tailored to help you regain full range of motion and strength in your neck; they can also prevent symptoms from recurring.

Frequently Asked Questions : FAQ

1. What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
Symptoms caused by whiplash include headaches, pain in the shoulders, arms and back, dizziness or difficulty focusing, blurred vision, memory problems, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), fatigue and problems sleeping. Most people who experience a whiplash injury experience these types of symptoms within 24 or 48 hours after an auto accident or collision.
2. Why shouldn’t heat be used in whiplash treatment?
Using heat can actually make the pain worse by increasing swelling to the injured area. Ice is recommended to decrease swelling and inflammation, as well as reduce the associated pain.
3. What are the Treatment Options for Whiplash?
If it is a severe case of whiplash, you may want to go to an emergency room or urgent care. Chiropractic care is recommended following a whiplash injury to identify which joint is injured and help alleviate pain and other associated symptoms. Ice can be used to help decrease inflammation. Heat is not recommended.
4. Who Should I Call to Treat My Whiplash?
If you live in the greater Denver area and have been in an auto accident, you should contact The Disc Chiropractic at (720) 572-4910 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Simeone will determine if you have experienced a whiplash or any other kind of auto accident injury. After your injury has been diagnosed, our doctor will provide information on treatment options available.
5. How long does whiplash take to heal with treatment?
The amount of time and treatments necessary to treat a whiplash injury is dependent upon the severity of the injury. There are other factors that play a role in the recovery time, including any pre-existing injuries like osteoarthritis. For severe cases, whiplash injuries can take months or even year, and occasionally symptoms last forever.
6. How long does whiplash take to heal WITHOUT treatment?
If you experience a whiplash injury and decide not to receive any treatment for your injury, it is possible to be left with permanent pain and symptoms. Untreated whiplash injuries can also cause problems in other areas of your body that were not initially injured during the accident or collision. It is not advised to let whiplash injuries go untreated.
7. What Happens When a Whiplash Injury Is Left Untreated?
If a whiplash injury is left untreated, you can experience serious complications in the future. Patients who do not correct the injury following a whiplash injury commonly experience chronic neck pain and headaches, vertigo, pain and stiffness. If a disc injury (bulge, herniation, protrusion etc.) exists and is left untreated, it can lead to osteoarthritis and disc degeneration.
8. What is the fastest way to recover from whiplash?
Recovering from a whiplash injury is not something that can be rushed, your body required time to heal. With that being said, there are things you can do to help your body heal. Receiving chiropractic treatment, therapeutic exercises, soft tissue therapy and icing are always to increase the healing process. Avoiding activities that cause excess stress on your spine will also help you recover faster. Ergonomic assessments are recommended for those who work at a desk to reduce the amount of stress you experience on a daily basis.
If you struggle with symptoms of whiplash, or think you may have sustained this injury in a car accident, sport injury or other accident, please Schedule an appointment as soon as possible: 720-573-4910.