Whiplash vs. Neck Pain: What's the Difference?

Whiplash vs. Neck Pain: What's the Difference?

Is that pain in your neck whiplash or neck pain? Learn to distinguish between the symptoms of these conditions, so you can seek the appropriate level of care. 

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Whiplash vs. Neck Pain 

Whiplash typically sets in after an auto accident, but any head or neck trauma could lead to whiplash. Whiplash is characterized by a delayed onset, so if you start feeling tension right away it's probably not whiplash. Other signs it could be whiplash include stiffness, soreness, and reduced range of motion in the neck. 

Neck pain can have a range of causes, even something as simple as sleeping in a strange position. If you woke up with a stiff neck and there is no underlying trauma, it's neck pain. If you woke up with a stiff neck or have other symptoms (such as knee pain, back pain, or seatbelt injuries), it's probably whiplash. 

Whiplash will not go away on its own, while a stiff neck may subside with rest and ice. If you were in an auto accident, seek treatment from our chiropractor in Cupertino as soon as possible. 

How Our Chiropractor in San Jose Treats Whiplash 

Our San Jose Chiropractor takes a health history and examines your head, neck, and spine. As an auto accident chiropractor, we are trained to identify early indicators of whiplash, so even if you do not feel any symptoms yet, we can resolve pain and tension. 

We use manual adjustments to the cervical spine to treat whiplash. Adjustments are not painful; in fact, many patients find them pleasurable. Chiropractic adjustments stimulate the nervous system -- your self-healing capacity -- to reduce inflammation and pain. Along with adjustments, we may recommend neck stretches, which help you regain mobility and stay pain-free between appointments. 

See an Auto Accident Chiropractor in San Jose

Our San Jose Chiropractor treats seatbelt injuries, neck pain, back pain, knee pain, and whiplash. If you were recently in an auto accident, get your injuries treated the natural way. Reserve your appointment with our chiropractor in Cupertino online or by calling us at 408-260-0222.


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