Can Untreated Whiplash Can Turn Into Chronic Pain?

San Francisco, CA

Being in a car accident is stressful and scary. Dealing with police reports, damaged cars, insurance, and keeping your fingers crossed that everyone is unharmed. With all of those things to take care of don’t forget to take care of you and your body. While you may be able to see visible damage to your car, you may not be able to see as clearly regarding your own body. Whiplash, being one of the most common injuries from car accidents also often goes untreated. A car accident is one of the more common instances however, whiplash can occur in other scenarios. Whiplash occurs when the head violently “whips” from one direction to another overstretching the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support the spine. Athletes who play contact sports might also experience whiplash. Leaving whiplash or any type of minor injury or chronic pain go untreated will likely result in long-term effects.

Symptoms of Whiplash

Whiplash symptoms may take just a few hours and up to a few days to appear and it is crucial to seek treatment as soon as you can. If your whiplash goes untreated you are putting your body at risk for long-term chronic pain. Some symptoms people experience are: 

  • Neck, shoulders, or head pain
  • Inability to sleep well
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches

Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash

Who better to see than a Chiropractor if you have experienced some sort of trauma to your neck and spine. Seeing a chiropractor regularly after an accident will help you avoid long term effects that whiplash might create. The most common, chronic neck pain, can also spread through the back and shoulders. A neck brace can be helpful in the early stages of your injury as well as seeing your chiropractor.

Contact Your San Francisco Chiropractor for Whiplash Treatment

At SF Custom Chiropractic we treat all types of injuries, aches, and pains. Don’t put your health on the back burner and give us a call. From a deep tissue massage to chiropractic care, we will find the best treatment to get you feeling better and back to your life. Contact us today at to book an appointment at one of our multiple locations in the San Francisco Bay area, including the Financial District and Mission/Bernal Heights!


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