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Whiplash in Elizabethtown

auto accident neck painWhiplash is a neck injury due to a forceful, rapid back and forth movement of the neck. It typically occurs during a rear-end auto accident, but some people experience whiplash resulting from a sports-related accident.

Symptoms include neck pain, headaches, tingling in the arms, and dizziness.

The Importance of Seeking Care Right Away

Even if you’re involved in a minor fender bender, you can still sustain a whiplash injury. It may take a day or two, or sometimes months, for symptoms to show up. Now what? We encourage you to come to our practice for an examination.

Gentle chiropractic adjustments can help restore proper motion and position of spinal bones, and promote healing from the whiplash injury. Time is of the essence, as the longer you wait, the more unseen damage there might be, increasing the length of time it may take to fully recover.

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What to Expect

In a whiplash injury, the alignment of your neck is altered due to the snapping motion caused by the impact. The neck curve is reduced, causing chronic pain, headaches, and potentially arthritis. When the surrounding muscles heal from the trauma of the accident, they will heal with your neck in this improper alignment. Dr. Eriksen helps relieve these and other symptoms without prescription medications. We restore proper function and biomechanics, so you heal as normal as possible. These therapies help speed up recovery and prevent degenerative arthritis in the future. We’ll do a thorough examination and, if we discover any fractures, we’ll refer you to an appropriate specialist. We typically take X-rays on-site, and if necessary, we’ll refer you out for MRIs.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to recover?

Recovery time depends on the nature of the injury. Let’s say you have a muscle strain. In that case, neck pain might only last for a short while. On the other hand, strained ligaments may result in long-term pain. Rehabbing the neck back to a healthy state will take longer. It’s important to remember that each person’s body is different, so healing time will vary from patient to patient. To completely heal from a neck injury, it could take several weeks or even months, even with frequent chiropractic care.

Why do minor collisions cause significant trauma to the spine?

Put simply, in a more forceful automobile accident, the car absorbs much of the energy. In more common parking lot fender benders, the energy is more directly transferred to the driver and passengers.

Can I prevent a whiplash injury?

There’s no way to completely prevent whiplash. However, since auto accidents are the primary cause of whiplash injuries, defensive driving skills are valuable. Make sure your taillights and turn signals are working properly, and always allow enough stopping distance in front of you.

Book an Appointment

If you have experienced whiplash, it’s important to get prompt care. Contact us right away.


Whiplash Elizabethtown, Hodgenville KY | (270) 735-9090