We have been providing treatment for whiplash in San Francisco since 1992.
understand Whiplash, let’s take a look at the anatomy and what is actually
injured in a whiplash injury. Our spine
is basically a long chain made up of blocks that are larger at the bottom and
smaller at the top. This means the low back vertebra are huge compared to the
neck vertebrae. The vertebrae fit together in a way that “locks” them together
by the small joints in the back called “facets” and in the front by the disks.
These joints function as shock absorbers between the blocks or “vertebral
bodies.” Also in the front, there is a tough piece of tissue called the
“anterior longitudinal ligament” that provides a barrier so that when the neck
is bent backwards (into “extension”), it becomes tight and stops that movement
so it doesn’t over-extend, which could fracture the small facet joints in the
There are ligaments, or tissues that
hold bone to bone, in the back of the spine that connect between the “spinous
processes,” or bony “bumps” in the middle of the back. These ligaments check or
stop excessive forward motion of the neck during whiplash. Joint capsules
surround joints, which we all have seen when we separate a chicken leg from the
thigh. Remember how smooth and shiny the end of the chicken leg is? That smooth
surface at the end of long bones is call “hyaline cartilage”, and it allows for
slippery gliding between the ends of our bones when we move any joint,
including our fingers, wrists, shoulders, hip as well as the facet joints of the
spine. Joint movement is facilitated by the presence of an oily substance
called “synovial fluid” which acts like a lubricant for the joint allowing for
A “sprain” occurs when we damage a
joint capsule or a ligament, or when the muscle or its attachment (tendon) is
injured. These are graded as mild, moderate or severe, or grades 1, 2,or 3,
with grade 3 being the worst at 75% or greater tearing, and healing takes
progressively longer with each grade.
During a whiplash injury, the
classic rear-end collision results in over stretching of the ligaments in the
neck, and tearing can occur (sprain, grades 1, 2 or 3). If one of the nerves
gets pinched, then numbness, pain, and/or weakness can occur, radiating down
the arm to a specific location. When this occurs, the long-term prognosis is
worse. Concussion can also occur if the brain is slammed against the inside of
the skull. Chiropractic adjustments, when administered early, yield the best
results for treating whiplash, according to many studies.
We realize you have a choice in where you choose your
health-care 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 whiplash doctors in San Francisco call 415-392-2225.