Chiropractors are specialists in treating non-surgical spine injuries and commonly treat whiplash injuries from car accidents.

The job of the chiropractor in helping his or her patients overcome the pain and disability associated with whiplash is to:

  • Diagnose the source of the pain from the whiplash injury
  • Treat the most important dysfunctions
  • Teach the patient to return to a more normal lifestyle

The process of rehabilitation from a whiplash injury requires a concerted effort between the chiropractor, the patient and any other professional assisting in the case. The likelihood of success of recovering from whiplash is enhanced by a continued focus on restoring normal function with the help of the chiropractor.

After a whiplash injury, chiropractors take a systematic approach to establishing a diagnosis, including:

  • Patient history
  • Chiropractic examination
  • Working diagnosis
  • Chiropractic treatment plan

The chiropractor will evaluate patient history for a whiplash injury by reviewing specific information regarding the accident, such as:

  • What was the vector of the crash (i.e., rear-end collision, head on collision, side impact collision, etc)?
  • Was the patient wearing a seatbelt?
  • Did the patient or the vehicle strike any other objects after the crash?
  • Was the patient aware of the impending impact?
  • How was the patient`s head positioned at time of impact?
  • What was the collision speed and damage amount?
  • The chiropractor will also ask questions about the whiplash injury:
  • Where is the exact location of the patient`s pain?
  • What is the quality and character of the patient`s neck pain or back pain?
  • What movements, positions or activities either increase or decrease the patient’s neck pain or back pain?


The chiropractor will ask about other symptoms that may be related to the pain, such as numbness, tingling, weakness, dizziness, or blurred or double vision. The patient will be examined to assess, in the immediate stage, whether serious whiplash injury is present that may require hospital and/or surgical referral, and to identify specific tissues that have been injured. The chiropractor will conduct a neurological examination which involves a cranial nerve examination, sensory, motor and reflex examination of the extremities, and tests for injury in the brain. Maneuvers will be carried out by the chiropractor that stresses certain tissues to see if they have been injured by the whiplash. The chiropractor will perform motion palpation, designed to assess the mobility and pain reactions in the joints of the spine.

If you have experienced whiplash give Moore Chiropractic San Antonio a call today at 210-525-9063 we can help.


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