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Whiplash and Your Prognosis

Mar 11, 2022 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

Your Prognosis with Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD)


The primary reason patients go to chiropractors is for spinal pain. This was established in the journal Spine in 2018. Around 60% go to chiropractors for low back pain while around 33% do so for neck pain after a car accident.

It can take a total of about 600 milliseconds for the head to “whip” forwards and backwards in a classic rear-end collision, which is faster than we can voluntarily contract a muscle. This explains why an injury is difficult (if not impossible) to avoid in a motor vehicle collision, even if you “see” that an accident is about to happen. Click the link below to find an article on neck pain management.


To differentiate the whiplash injury from a simple muscle strain, the brain is suspended by ligaments and cushioned further by fluid inside the skull and can easily get bruised by slamming into the walls on the inside of the skull in a whiplash injury resulting in “traumatic brain injury” (TBI). Interestingly enough, it’s been reported that one does NOT have to directly hit the head on a hard object to suffer TBI.

The symptoms associated with TBI include mental fog; fatigue/tiredness; slow mental functioning, such as having difficulty formulating thoughts, staying on task, and/or expressing one’s self; visual complaints; memory loss; and/or headache. The term “Whiplash Associated Disorder” or WAD is preferred, as it encompasses the many different symptoms associated with whiplash.

Chiropractic and spinal manipulation are very effective in the treatment of spinal pain syndromes, and levels of patient satisfaction are quite high. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients who have sustained a whiplash injury.

So, if you have had a car accident in or around Fort Myers and you have neck pain, dizziness, vertigo,  imbalance or delayed pain after a car accident and type in pain management near me, whiplash, or even car accident lawyer you may find Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Do I need an MRI scan of my neck or a DTI (Diffusion Tensor Imaging) of my brain for traumatic brain injury (TBI) detection and documentation”?

Also, if you feel arm or leg pain it may indicate things are getting worse and” may indicate a bulge on the disc or worse yet a herniated disc in your neck and/or back. Shoulder pain is very common with whiplash and could require conservative treatment right away to avoid injections or worse yet, surgery.  A foggy brain may indicate a mild traumatic brain injury, thus the potential need for a DTI (Diffusion Tensor Imaging).  Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional. 

Check out what the experts say about chiropractic care for whiplash here:


If you would like to avoid chronic whiplash symptoms in the first place or to take a proactive approach to your health and wellness, our membership program called Club C may be just the thing for you with great cost savings, convenience, and even more importantly, a plan to get your health back and keep it.

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