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Can your Savannah chiropractor help with whiplash?
Dr. Rachel BanksJun 17, 2020 3:04:06 PM3 min read

Can Your Savannah Chiropractor Help With Whiplash?

To keep it simple, yes. Your chiropractor can help with a whiplash injury.


A general practitioner may not be able to treat whiplash with more than pain medicine, but your chiropractor can diagnose it and treat it at the source.


Your chiropractor will be able to gradually diminish your neck pain until your whiplash symptoms are no longer present.




In the article below, we will discuss how your Savannah chiropractor can help with your whiplash.



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Understanding Whiplash

Whiplash is neck pain due to a soft tissue injury.


When you're in a car accident or any other type of accident, the muscles and ligaments in the cervical spine tend to extend beyond their normal range.


Your neck is "whipped" forward and then back, stretching or even tearing the ligaments.


Most people suffering from whiplash don't begin to notice neck pain symptoms until 24 to 72 hours after their accident.


Therefore, it is essential to see a chiropractor immediately following an accident.


Your chiropractor can determine if you are injured even if you do not feel any pain.


Chiropractic doctors are specially trained to diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries like whiplash.


To see what kind of recovery time frame whiplash needs, check out our article How Long Is The Recovery From Whiplash?


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chiropractor in savannah explaining whiplash injuries to a patient


How Your Chiropractor Can Help With Whiplash

Your chiropractor is equipped to treat your whiplash injury effectively. 


Chiropractors are trained to treat neck and back injuries and perform safe and natural realignments for their patients.


Chiropractors understand that the spine and its bones, discs, muscles, and ligaments must function optimally and all together.


Your cervical spine is the section that supports the head and neck.


When whiplash occurs, your chiropractor will focus on repairing the damage to this area.


Between each of your vertebrae, is a sponge-like disc made of cartilage in place to absorb shock. 


Behind each vertebra is a facet joint. 


Facet joints allow smooth and harmless forward and back motion, but limit excess movement that can cause harm.


When whiplash occurs, the forward and backward motion was too severe. 


It likely destabilized the spine, causing extreme pain to your neck, upper back, and shoulders.


Treating the cervical spine and the delicate nerves and spinal cord is essential when treating victims of whiplash accidents.  


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Common Symptoms of Whiplash

The most common symptoms of a whiplash injury are:

  • Upper Back Pain
  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Dizziness
  • Arm Pain
  • Shooting Pains
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Jaw Pain (TMJ)
  • Ringing Ears


Neck pain, shoulder pain, and upper back pain are the most common symptoms associated with whiplash because it's the localized spot where the damage occurs.


Headaches and migraines can occur if there is damage to the upper cervical disc, facet joints, or occipital joints.


If you have a compressed nerve or a herniated disc, it can often result in a shooting pain sensation. 


Some whiplash accident victims even suffer from TMJ or jaw pain. 


The temporomandibular joint is the hinge at the back of your jaw, and you run the risk of damaging it when you suffer any violent force in the neck or jaw area.


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Man with neck pain after a car accident in Savannah


Contact The Arrowhead Clinic of Savannah

If you have suffered a whiplash injury, you should not hesitate to call the best and most experienced chiropractic doctors. 


The chiropractors at Arrowhead Clinic in Savannah specialize in treating whiplash victims who are suffering.


Our whiplash injury chiropractors in Savannah will diagnose your injuries and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs to alleviate your symptoms.


Our medical team conducts a thorough exam and discuss different treatment options before selecting one that will work best.


Contact the Arrowhead Clinic of Savannah by clicking the link below so we can help you recover from whiplash.


Free Savannah Chiropractic Consultation


Dr. Rachel Banks

Dr. Rachel Banks graduated from Jackson State University receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Pre-medicine in 1990. She then moved on to attend Life University when she was called to the healing aspects of Chiropractic care, she graduated in 1997 with a doctorate in chiropractic. She’s also a proud member of the Georgia Chiropractic Association. Dr. Banks joined the Arrowhead family in 2009 becoming the floater doctor in the Atlanta/Savannah/ Brunswick offices. Her belief and dedication to the field of chiropractic have made her an intricate part of Arrowhead Clinics. In 2016, she was asked to make a permanent move to Savannah taking over the Mall Clinic. Dr. Banks revamped the staff, implemented her own style of leadership and management and in 2018 her clinic won “The Most Goals Met” in 2017. Dr. Banks was born and raised in Atlanta and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority but enjoys living here in Savannah with her loveable furbaby - Lola.