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Woman with whiplash from an auto accident

For most patients who visit our Sunnyside Wellness & Chiropractic Center for whiplash treatment in Fresno, CA, the event that caused their injuries was a complete surprise.  Fortunately, our Fresno chiropractor can offer them a number of natural treatment options for timely relief.

Overview of Whiplash

Many individuals with injuries from a vehicular accident or other traumatic event opt for an evaluation by a car accident chiropractor.  People often use the terms neck strain and whiplash interchangeably since they refer to the same condition. 

Although most individuals associate whiplash with car accidents, it could result from any impact that causes an individual’s head to whip from front to back, subjecting the cervical spine to force.  This sudden impact can cause severe pain.  When tendons and neck muscles stretch and ultimately tear, spasms often follow.  Whiplash actually strikes many athletes, whether professionals or so-called “weekend warriors”.  Without whiplash pain relief in Fresno, many patients cannot follow their normal daily routines.

Symptoms of Whiplash

The most common symptom is pain in the neck and the back, particularly when looking over a shoulder or moving the head from side to side, forward, or backward.  While discomfort might occur immediately, sometimes pain does not appear until days after the incident. 

  • Reduced range of motion
  • Neck tightness
  • Tenderness
  • Muscles that feel knotted or hard
  • Neck and other stiffness
  • Headaches that radiate from the base of the patient’s skull toward the forehead

Treatment Options from Our Car Accident Chiropractor

After an injury, it is important to seek treatment from a car accident chiropractor as quickly as possible in case the patient has a concussion.  Our doctor can detect injuries that typically appear days later and that might worsen dramatically without treatment.

Whiplash treatment in Fresno begins with steps to reduce swelling.  For many patients, the cornerstone therapy is the use of manual manipulations, also called chiropractic adjustments.  Our doctor gently moves any afflicted joints in the direction of their restriction.

A chiropractor often uses a slow movement to mobilize the joint during a spinal manipulation.  Sometimes applying a short manual thrust is appropriate.  Patients who are healing from whiplash also sometimes benefit from lifestyle and ergonomic changes that lessen strain on the body. 

Schedule an Appointment with Our Fresno Chiropractor

If you experience whiplash from an auto accident or other trauma, failure to get prompt treatment could result in a worsening of existing injuries.  For whiplash pain relief in Fresno, call our Sunnyside Wellness & Chiropractic Center today at (559) 454-1000 to schedule an appointment.  Our Fresno chiropractor, Dr. Thomas Potigian, specializes in corrective chiropractic care and is committed to helping you heal as rapidly as possible.