Franklin Chiropractor Offers Whiplash Care

Whiplash can be an extremely painful and debilitating injury to experience. Whether chronic or acute, it can rob you of the simple ability to live life the way you are used to living.

In this article, we discuss whiplash, its common causes, symptoms, potential complications, and the whiplash care provided by Franklin Chiropractic.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a physical injury caused by rapid and forceful movement in the neck, of a back-forth nature.

This sudden and vigorous movement of the head (sideways, forwards, or backward) damages the muscles, tendons, and other soft tissue around the neck and shoulder region.

This damage can lead to pain in the neck and shoulders (from the soft tissue damage) and can also lead to back pain.

Common Causes of Whiplash

Car Crash

One of the most common causes of whiplash is rear-ended motor vehicle accidents where a car is stationary, or moving very slow and is hit by another vehicle from behind at high speed.

Whiplash can be experienced by those in the rear car that comes to an abrupt stop at the point of impact with the front car, and also by individuals in the front car at the point of impact from the car in the rear.

Though a rear-end car accident is the most common cause of whiplash, it can occur by other types of car crashes, including head-on impact with a tree or building.

Sports Injury

Aside from car crashes, whiplash can also occur in sporting and other physical endeavors. For example, there are many high-impact sports (often various football codes around the world) where two humans can collide at high speed while going in the opposing direction. 

This mimics to a smaller extent the same type of physical movement experienced in a car crash.

Whiplash Symptoms

According to WebMD some of the common symptoms of Whiplash include:

  • Neck Pain and Stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Low Back Pain
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Shoulder Pain


Potential Complications

Most people who experience whiplash will experience acute symptoms. This means that the symptoms, side effects, and pain will be short-term, and slowly reduce on their own.

However, some may find that the symptoms and pain do not abate, and become chronic.

Certain people are more vulnerable to developing chronic neck pain as a result of whiplash. 

People with a higher likelihood of developing whiplash include the elderly, those with existing back conditions, those who have previously experienced whiplash, and those who experience a high-speed collision.

Diagnosing Whiplash

Getting an accurate whiplash diagnosis will require a thorough consultation of a patient’s medical history, physical examination, and potentially medical imaging as well.

Medical History

The medical history will involve a review of any previous bodily pain or injuries, and a thorough recount of the incident thought to have caused the whiplash. 

If you are presenting for a diagnosis of whiplash be prepared with as much information as possible. 

Potential questions you may be asked include:

  • A description of the accident or event that caused the injury including questions about previous injuries of a similar nature.
  • Details of the pain (when did it start, where is the pain, does the pain move around, is the pain constant, how severe is the pain
  • Are you currently taking medication for the pain? If so what sort of medication? How Often? What impact does the medication have? How long does the impact last?
  • Are there any non-pain-related symptoms such as tingling or a numb sensation?
  • Are other treatments (including ice/heat/ massage) effective in any way?

Physical Examination

Once the background information has been collected, a physical examination will often follow. Every situation is different, and the approach used by Franklin Chiropractic will be tailored based on the information collected in the medical history.

Medical Imaging

Depending on the presenting symptoms, medical severity, and history of injury, your consulting professional may also request medical imaging be conducted to provide more insight into the nature of the injury.

Imagery is not going to be required in all cases. 

If your symptoms are acute and heal naturally in an appropriate amount of time then imagery will not be required. 

But if symptoms do persist, and the treatment is not having the desired impact, medical imagery may be requested to obtain further insight into the nature of your injuries.

Getting The Right Whiplash Care

If you are experiencing Whiplash then it is critical that you receive the right care, from the right treating professional at the right time.

Dr Frank Marghella from Franklin Chiropractic has 14+ years of experience as a chiropractor and has transformed the lives of more than 3000 patients. 

The combination of his chiropractic and spinal decompression skills in conjunction with a K-Laser to treat soft tissue injuries equip him to provide the best possible treatment for your whiplash injury.