Whiplash FAQ

If you have recently been in a car accident, our chiropractors can lower your pain and answer all of your auto injury questions. Here are a few of the questions we receive on a daily basis.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a severe neck injury. It occurs when the head and neck are forcefully extended beyond their range of motion. When this happens the muscles are strained. The ligaments and tendons are sprained, and the vertebrae are completely thrown out of alignment. These injuries cause significant pain and impairment of the neck. Many individuals experience severe neck stiffness, headaches, migraines and debilitating loss of range of motion.

Is whiplash a legitimate auto injury?

You have likely seen whiplash injuries being feigned on television or in sitcoms. Whiplash is a legitimate auto injury. When you are involved in an auto accident, your body ricochets between your seat, headrest and seatbelt until all of the momentum has dissipated. Your instinctive response is to tense when you are thrown forward and backwards. These combined factors cause extreme trauma to your muscles, ligaments and tendons, and the symptoms and pain can last months. Some individuals can experience symptoms for years.

What treatments do you offer for whiplash?

Nashville accident and injury offers a number of whiplash therapies. Chiropractic adjustments are one way to treat whiplash. The first goal of treatment is to reduce the patient’s pain. This is accomplished by pushing the cervical vertebrae back into their correct positions. This reduces inflammation and removes the pressure on your nerves and soft tissues. After several treatments, the vertebrae will start to remain in their proper positions, providing long term relief and healing the injury. Additionally, we may recommend laser therapy and spinal remodeling to improve healing times.

How long should I rest? Do I need a cervical collar?

You do not need a cervical collar. Cervical collars and excessive rest can weaken the muscles in your neck, prolong your recovery, reduce your range of motion and increase your pain. The only time you should rest is if you are experiencing a lot of pain.

Who is going to pay for my auto injury treatment?

If you were in an accident that was not your fault, the at-fault driver’s insurance should pay for your auto injury treatment. If you were the at-fault driver, your insurance may pay for your treatments, depending on your policy. For more information on how you can pay for your chiropractic sessions, call our Nashville office at 615-356-5113.

How should I contact Nashville Accident and Injury Center for more information?

To contact us to schedule an appointment during business hours, dial 615-356-5113. Additionally, you can use our email form on our contact us page to get questions answered.

What should I do after I schedule my appointment?

Once you have scheduled your evaluation appointment, we recommend that you download our online forms. We provide two forms for your convenience, including our new patient form and a form for auto accident and work injuries.