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WhiplashSan Diego Chiropractor Car Accident Treatment:  Dr. Steve Jones (619) 280-0554

Don't Minimize Whiplash. I have been providing treatment for whiplash in my San Diego Chiropractic center for many years so I know how whiplash injuries can effect your life. 

If you are reading this page, chances are that you have been in a Whiplash car accident.  Whiplash is a common injury that results from car accidents as well as other traumatic injuries.  Whiplash injuries occur from car accidents in which you were hit from behind, from the side and even in accidents in which you hit another car.  Statistics indicate that you are likely to be involved in a car accident at some point in your life.  For a little more on this statistic from Forbes click here.   

In a typical rear end “Whiplash” car accident, the first thing that happens as a result of the impact is that your head is thrown backwards. While your head is moving backwards, your body's natural reflexes cause the muscles in the front of your neck to contract in an effort to counter the backward “whipping” of your head and neck. These two events sprain / strain the muscles and ligaments in your neck causing neck pain, headaches, pinched nerves and many other symptoms.  Auto accidents can also cause cuts, broken bones, concussions, etc.  The injuries that cause most whiplash symptoms are the ones related to the injured joints and the pulling and tearing of the muscles and ligaments that move and support those joints.
  

What should you do immediately after an automobile accident?

Unless you are in danger from other moving vehicles, you smell gasoline, see smoke or any sign of fire, just stay put and calm down for a moment.

  1. Try to relax and take a quick inventory of yourself checking for possible injuries. If your rear view mirror is intact, take a look to make sure your face and head are not bleeding. Shock can mask many of your initial symptoms. If you are bleeding badly don't move until help comes, if at all possible. Slowly test the movement of your neck, shoulders, arms, legs and feet before committing to getting out of your car.
     
  2. Regardless of how minor the accident appears or how well you think you feel, never dismiss the possibility that soft tissue damage or Spinal Subluxations (Spinal Misalignments) have occured. See a chiropractor to be safe. Subluxations may not cause pain for days, weeks, months or even years. Whiplash is a serious injury - make sure to get evaluated as soon as possible!  If you live in the San Diego area we would be happy to provide our chiropractic services for your whiplash injuries.  We can be reached at our San Diego Chiropractic office at (619) 280-0554.
     
  3. If you don't think you are seriously injured, it's time to get hold of yourself and take care of business. Reach into your glove box or console and pull out the brightly colored envelope that contains your blank Accident Report Form/Diagram, (CLICK HERE to print one if you don't have one already), your pen (Flash light if necessary), and fill out the Accident Report while your memory is fresh.

My San Diego Chiropractic Office treats many patients for neck pain, back pain, pinched nerves and headaches and other symptoms that are related to whiplash accidents. More often than not, the auto accidents in question occurred years earlier and the initial symptoms were not taken seriously by the patient for some reason: a lack of insurance, advice of a personal injury attorney, not enough time, etc.  Don't make this mistake - ignoring your symptoms today sets you up for chronic problems in the future. 

The injury mechanisms in whiplash type accidents are complex. Muscles are stretched and torn, ligaments can sometimes partially tear or rupture, intervertebral discs can become herniated and spinal fractures can occur. These injuries can lead to a vast number of symptoms that can include neck pain, back pain, headaches and pinched nerves that range in severity from a slight irritation to severe disability. Back pain and neck pain are bad enough in the short term but much worse in a long term chronic situation.

While the mechanism of injury in whiplash cases is complex, Car accidentsthe typical resulting spinal injuries follow a well established path. Initially, the muscles and ligaments in the injured area are irritated from the trauma. This irritation leads to inflammation. Inflammation is not only responsible for many of the initial symptoms that you experience but it is also responsible for scar tissue formation which can make your symptoms permanent or chronic.

Statistically, approximately 25% of auto injury victims will suffer from some ongoing symptoms related to their accident. I see this statistic come to life in my San Diego chiropractic office with regularity. Chiropractors are experts in dealing with the types of neck pain, back pain and headaches that occur as a result of auto accidents. The best way to insure that you are not a member of this 25% group that never fully recover from their whiplash injuries is to get an examination and possibly whiplash treatment, if recommended from Dr. Jones.

Treatment for whiplash injuries usually involves a variety of treatment options including: Chiropractic Adjustments, Physiotherapy, Stretching, Exercise and Nutritional Support.  By coordinating these treatment options we can reduce your chances of experiencing chronic pain.  So long as treatment is delivered in a consistant and organized fashion results are usually excellent.  In fact, it is not uncommon for patients to say that after treatment they feel better than they did before their accident.

Even if you are "just a little sore", get checked out for your own good.

We can be reached at my San Diego Chiropractic office at (619) 280-0554 and we have appointments available for you.

 

 

Excellent Chiropractor!

By: Natacia

I went to Dr. Jones after a Car Accident when I was around 23 years old. I am 38 now. I cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am that I went to him. I felt instant relief and if I went in with a headache, they went away right away. He really cares about what he does and he gets results. And, i ......

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35 Year Old Whiplash

By: Gayle T. North Park

Well, I found Dr. Jones to help with a left-side stiff/stuck neck I got from sleeping on my stomach on a fat pillow. Also, from an auto accident 35 years ago, I had pain and stiffness on my neck's right side from a whip lash -- that I thought I would have to live with the rest of my life... He not ......

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Excellent Chiropractor

By: Cider1

I saw Dr. Jones for the first time a few months ago. Dr. Jones and his assistant Linda were without a doubt the most personable people I have ever dealt with in a doctor's office. In addition to that, Dr. Jones definitely knows his stuff. He was able to adjust parts of my back that have always given ......

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Great Doctor fixing my back

By: Lynn B

Steve has been working on my back for about 15 months now, at first twice a week, now once a week, and after almost 17 years of chronic back pain, after a fall down stairs, he almost has be pain free between visits.

I'm very overweight, and a smoker, and he hasn't given me a hard tim ......

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Very Good Chiropractor! Nice Staff

By: Greg M

I had to deal with migraine headaches for the last 17 years. They began after a car accident. My doctor told me to stay away from chiropractors. I am so glad that I finally ignored his advice! After my fourth visit to Dr. Jones both the frequency and consistency of my headaches were much improved. I ......

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