Whiplash

Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness Center

Chiropractors located in Beverly Hills, CA

When you’ve been in a car accident, injuries may occur even if you’re not having symptoms. The signs of whiplash may take days or even weeks to manifest. At the Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Dr. Stephen Jochen and his team of wellness professionals can determine if you have whiplash or any other issues related to an automobile accident and provide quick and efficient treatments to eliminate pain and restore mobility. If you live near Beverly Hills, California and think you have whiplash, contact the Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness Center today.

Whiplash Q & A

Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness Center

What causes whiplash?

Whiplash occurs when a force makes your head go forward and backward beyond its normal range of motion. This whipping movement can damage the ligaments, muscles, and nerves in your neck or affect the bones and disks of your spine.

Whiplash often occurs during vehicle accidents, especially when you’re rear-ended. The group of symptoms is a condition common among athletes who participate in contact sports and victims of physical abuse.

What are whiplash symptoms?

The symptoms of whiplash typically occur within 24 hours of the incident, but sometimes don’t appear for a few days or weeks.

The most common sign of whiplash is a neck injury that causes pain, stiffness, and decreased mobility. The pain often gets worse with movement. Other common symptoms include the following:

  • Blurred vision
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Tenderness in your shoulder, back, or arm
  • Tingling or numbness in your arm

Without treatment, whiplash can progress into chronic conditions.

How is whiplash treated?

Depending on your whiplash symptoms, Dr. Jochen and his team may recommend a variety of treatments.

If the incident forced your spine out of alignment, a bulging disc might be causing your pain. Chiropractic spinal manipulation relieves the pressure on nerves caused by these discs, reducing pain and improving mobility. Dr. Jochen may also use spinal decompression, muscle stimulation, or stabilizing activities to relieve symptoms.

Acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and cold laser therapy can also relieve pain and improve body functioning. Your doctor at the Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness Center may suggest these treatments on their own or in coordination with chiropractic care.

Beyond these services, Dr. Jochen and his team may recommend the following:

  • A cervical collar
  • Gentle neck exercises
  • Ice treatments
  • Resting
  • Topical pain-relieving creams

How long does it take for whiplash to heal?

In most cases, the symptoms of whiplash begin to disappear within a few months after the incident. If your symptoms are severe, or you sustained extensive damage, recovery could take longer.

In some cases, particularly without treatment, the symptoms turn chronic, leading to further complications that include herniated discs or nerve damage.

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of whiplash, contact the team at the Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness Center now. The sooner you seek care, the sooner you feel better. Call the office today or schedule your appointment online now.