Why Does Whiplash Hurt So Badly and Last for So Long?

Why Does Whiplash Hurt So Badly and Last for So Long?


It might not be obvious you’ve experienced whiplash at first. You might be a little sore, but not completely debilitated by any means. For many sufferers, it often takes days for the true symptoms to kick in. But, once they do, they’re not going anywhere without medical treatment. Worse, they can linger for the rest of your life, causing debilitations that might otherwise have been preventable.

That’s why it’s best to deal with whiplash right away. And that means more than just hot/cold therapy or a few good neck stretches. It involves paying close attention to the scope and nature of your soft tissue and cervical spine damage. For this level of care, chiropractic is your first and best choice.

Chiropractic offers a comprehensive treatment plan designed to pinpoint all the negative health impacts associated with whiplash. By addressing the condition wholly, it’s possible to stop long-term injuries from taking root.

For whiplash treatment from spinal experts, trust Posture Works in Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA. We’ve dealt with plenty of whiplash patients and can help you assess and address your whiplash too.

The lasting effects of whiplash

Whiplash is caused by the rapid acceleration and deceleration that causes overextension of the neck. This creates tears and strains in the muscles and soft tissue surrounding the cervical spine. It can also cause problems in the joints, meaning that abnormal signals are communicated via the nervous system and muscle imbalances add stress to the joints. If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, you may have whiplash:

  • Headaches at the base of the skull extending to the forehead;
  • Neck pain;
  • Decreased range of motion;
  • Pain when attempting to look over your shoulder.

Unfortunately, the above symptoms aren’t guaranteed to present right away. Instead, they set in over the course of a few hours or even a few days.

Misaligned vertebrae related to whiplash will also cause long-term problems in the central nervous system, as signals from the brain to the body are interrupted. Whiplash sufferers may have faulty movement patterns, in which damage to the cervical spine wreaks havoc with muscle movement in other parts of the body.

Dealing with whiplash

Because whiplash affects nerve endings, it will not resolve itself. This is where chiropractic comes in.

Spinal manipulation is effective at resolving misaligned vertebrae and aiding in the healing of inflamed or damaged nerve endings. It also resolves herniated discs, another common result of whiplash injury.

Many whiplash patients have found that trigger point therapy works well too. Trigger points are spots in the muscles where toxins have accumulated. When these toxins irritate nerve endings, the patient may suffer from muscle spasms or referred pain, where faulty pain signals are sent to other parts of the body. Your chiropractor will understand exactly how to manipulate these trigger points to relieve pain as it relates to whiplash.

If you think there’s any chance you’ve suffered whiplash, the time to seek treatment is now. The experienced team at Posture Works in Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA is intimately familiar with whiplash and its effects. Contact us today for free consultation and to learn more about the tailored Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) modality we use to assess and treat whiplash.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.