Signs, Symptoms, Treatment of Whiplash

Whiplash can happen in an instant.  The stoplight turns red, the driver behind you is looking down texting a really important message, and can't brake the car fast enough.  Crash! Just like that you can get whiplash.  Even a small fender bender, as low as 5 mph impact, can cause a whiplash injury your head and neck.  Following a car accident, each person has their own unique response to the trauma.  Here are some signs and symptoms.


  • Headache or Head Pain
  • Dizziness
  • Concussion
  • Ringing of the Ear
  • Stiff Neck
  • Diminished Memory
  • Nausea 
  • Brain Fog

The key to recovery is finding a drug-free treatment that will promote healing of the nerves, muscles, and ligaments around the head, neck, and shoulder.  Definitely, get an examination by a highly recommended or highly rated medical provider including chiropractors.  The sooner you start treatment the quicker you can recover and return to all of your normal daily activities.  Dr. Pragle has seen clients struggle with dizziness (vertigo) and balance difficulties affecting their ability to cook, clean or even putting on clothes in the morning. 

Whiplash injury syndrome is very similar to Post -Concussion Syndrome, however this is usually due to cervical vertigo or dizziness. Sixty percent of people that have whiplash, contract Vertigo as well. It has been said that everyone with whiplash has permanent damage, but this is false.permanent damage is usually caused not only from forward and backward head movement, but side to side movement's as well. The combination of motions can cause brain injuries, muscle spasm, muscle tearing, and instability of the ligaments. In severe cases the spine is also fractured, causing permanent damage. 


  • Dr. Eric offers gentle treatments of whiplash with the AO Treatment, cervical spine decompression plus medical massage.  
  • Medical Massage Therapy helps to reduce muscle spasms, release tension and promote healing and relaxation.  After a whiplash injury it's also important to regain full range of motion of the neck.