Whiplash and Chiropractic Case Management

Whiplash treatment in san francisco 94111
We have been providing treatment for whiplash in San Francisco for over 20 years.

injuries occur as the result of a sudden acceleration followed by deceleration,
and the degree of injury is dependent on many factors. Some of these include:
the size of the vehicle, the conditions of the road, the angle of the seat
back, the “springiness” of the seat back, the position of the head rest, the
size of the patient’s neck, the position of the patient’s head and neck at the
time of impact, the awareness of the impending collision, etc. Hence, each case
must be evaluated and managed using a unique, individualized approach.

            The chiropractic encounter begins
with the history and examination. Here we will ask many questions and perform
tests that will give us clues to understand the mechanism of injury, identify
the primary tissues injured, and determine the best treatment approaches to

            There are many different
chiropractic treatment approaches available for patients with whiplash
injuries. For example, manual therapies include spinal manipulation,
mobilization, manual traction, muscle relaxation and/or stimulation methods,
the assessment of the patient's physical capacities with issuing specific
exercises and, considerations of modifying work station issues and/or lifestyle
changes. Chiropractic manipulation is a very common approach utilized in the
treatment of joint dysfunction. That is, restoring normal movement to the
joints affected negatively by the whiplash injury. Terms such as, "stuck,"
"fixed," "subluxation," and the like are often used to
describe altered joint position or function. Typically, the manipulation (also
called “adjustment”) is applied well within the normal range of motion of the
joint using a “high velocity” (or fast) movement through a short distance in
the direction that attempts to correct the joint dysfunction. Because the
procedure is quick and of short distance, patients frequently state, “…that
felt great!” In fact, if the pre-adjustment position of the patient hurts or is
uncomfortable, we will instead use a slow, mobilizing movement.

            Exercise strategies are important
and typically employed as soon as possible. The type of exercise is (again)
case specific, but in general, exercises are initially prescribed in a manner
that restores movement with as little discomfort as possible. Following the
goal of increasing range of motion, strengthening the injured region with
stabilization exercises, and restoring sensory-motor activity to the muscles
becomes the primary focus in the management of the whiplash patient. When the
intervertebral disks are “deranged” or altered, directions that minimize
radiating pain are emphasized in the exercises. After careful in-office
training, the patient is instructed to perform exercises at home, often multiple
times a day, for stability of the spine and to re-establish motor control and
movement. Ergonomic and daily lifestyle modifications are frequently addressed
to avoid the possibility of the condition being irritated on a regular basis,
thus interfering with the healing process. If a patient is stressing the
injured area at work, job modifications can make or break the success of the
management program.

            We realize you have a choice in where you choose your
healthcare services.  If you, a friend or
family member requires care for whiplash, we sincerely appreciate the trust and
confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and
your family presently and, in the future.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Whiplash Doctors please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

Serving local zip code 94111 and surrounding areas since 1992


Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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0 thoughts on “Whiplash and Chiropractic Case Management

  1. Michael Wang

    Whiplash can change a person’s quality of life. Life is too short, find the best way to enjoy it and stick to it!

  2. Jason Dowell

    Whiplash cases are very specific to the patient and require unique treatment. I have seen several myself and it requires close examination and close diagnosis. I always encourage patients to get in a good routine of exercise after whiplash and make sure posture remains steady and good.


    Pain management is a branch of medicine employing an interdisciplinary approach for easing the suffering and improving the quality of life of those living with pain


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