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How to tell if you have whiplash
Dr. Summer TurnerMay 22, 2020 10:36:51 AM3 min read

Your Atlanta Chiropractor Explains Why You Might Have Whiplash

Whiplash is a Neck Injury that occurs when a rapid back and forth motion is applied to the neck, similar to the cracking of a whip.


Whiplash commonly occurs during car accidents.


The back and forth motion caused by the accident's impact ake the ligaments and muscles in the neck beyond their normal range of motion.


Whiplash injuries can range from mild to severe, and no matter how critical it is, it's always best to receive Chiropractic Treatment after a whiplash injury.


Although many car accident injuries are noticeable right away, whiplash is an injury that may take hours or days to present symptoms.


However, there are some telltale signs of whiplash that all accident victims should look out for to know if they've suffered a Whiplash Injury.




In the article below, we explore the ten symptoms of whiplash and how to treat it.



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The signs of whiplash typically show up within 24 hours of suffering from the injury.


You will experience neck pain and stiffness if you've suffered a whiplash injury. 


The pain could be a mild, dull ache to severe pain and stiffness in the neck. 


The neck muscles often stiffen up because the body is limiting movement and range of motion to protect the neck from further injury.


It's not uncommon for any movement of the neck to become very painful. 


In some victims, the stiffness and pain may radiate down into the shoulder blades or the area between the shoulder blades. 


The ten most common symptoms of a whiplash injury are: 

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Memory Problems 
  • Fatigue 
  • Worsening Pain with Neck Movement


Having any of these symptoms doesn't automatically mean you have whiplash.


But they are likely symptoms you may experience if you do.


To know the cause of your pain, you will need to be seen by an experienced Chiropractor.


Chiropractic Care for Whiplash 

When you are involved in an accident, you should always seek medical treatment as quickly as possible.  


Chiropractors are your best choice, especially when dealing with a soft tissue injury like whiplash.


If you have injuries like contusions or suspected broken bones, head to the Emergency Room.


But if you have a whiplash injury, the ER might not diagnose you properly hand you some pain medications.


Pain medications are not a long term solution for whiplash.


All they do is mask the pain that you are feeling, which can lead people to put off the care that they need. 


With a whiplash injury, the longer you wait to seek treatment, the worse your injury can become.


You also run the risk of suffering for much longer than you need to because you did not receive treatment promptly. 


Even if you do not experience whiplash symptoms after your accident, you are encouraged to seek chiropractic care in case they are lying dormant.


Your doctor will be able to diagnose and begin treatment of your injury before it can worsen or become a chronic problem. 


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Chiropractic Care at Arrowhead Clinic

Chiropractors are experts at treating whiplash injuries.


Our Atlanta Whiplash Chiropractors at Arrowhead Clinic in Atlanta have been doing just that for years. 


If you were involved in an accident in Atlanta and are experiencing the symptoms of whiplash, do not put off seeking treatment from an experienced Chiropractor with Arrowhead Clinic. 


Our whiplash injury chiropractors offer a free consultation to see how to best assist with your recovery. 


Click below if you were in an accident and believe that you're suffering from whiplash. 


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Dr. Summer Turner

Dr. Turner is Arrowhead Clinic’s Atlanta Chiropractor. She is originally from North Carolina but has traveled all over the country pursuing her career as a Chiropractor by treating people who have been injured in accidents and people who suffer from chronic pain. She has been with Arrowhead for many years, fulfilling her desire to help accident victims and patients who suffer from chronic pain conditions. Dr. Turner is well-versed in chiropractic care with an emphasis on sports-related therapies. She had the opportunity to train under the chiropractor for the Carolina Panthers to complete her Master's in Sports Rehabilitation. She studied under two more chiropractors, which allowed her to sharpen her skills and adjusting techniques. Dr. Turner is certified in several soft tissue techniques, including Active Release Technique (ART) and Fascial Distortion Model (FDM), as well as a movement diagnosis technique called Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). Dr. Turner believes that movement is life and, as such, plays a critical role in overall health. She has always been passionate about helping people improve their quality of life, be it through chiropractic care, nutritional counseling, and/or a variation of physical modalities. She has helped many individuals achieve a healthier life. A recent review left by one of Dr. Turner’s patients stated, “Great customer service from staff. Quick and effective service from the doctor.” Dr. Turner offers free, same-day consultations to anyone in pain. She is available for appointments Monday-Friday from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.