Whiplash Treatment after Car Accident

Whiplash Treatment in Nashville

What is whiplash?  Whiplash is a condition that is most commonly generated from the forces in a rear-end automobile collision.  

While there are certainly many complicated factors that occur during an accident, the following gives a simple explanation of the mechanisms at work.  

  • As the impact occurs, the head and neck are whipped forcefully in a hyperflexed and then hyperextended motion. 
  • This forced motion is responsible for a stretching or tearing of the muscles and associated tissues of the spine.  
  • When this over-stretching or tearing occurs, fluid begins to build up outside the damaged tissues and begins to inflame the nerves that are surrounding this area.
  • When the nerves become irritated, this sends a signal to the brain that basically says "there's a problem in the neck, let's fix it!"  
  • The brain will then send a signal to the nerves which then tell the muscles to contract or spasm in order to protect the damaged areas. 

Symptoms of Whiplash Injuries

Symptoms of whiplash injuries include pain and stiffness in the neck, upper back and shoulders. Headaches and sensory abnormalities such as numbness and tingling may also result.

Symptoms may appear directly afterwards, but are often not felt until days after the injury.  This is especially true for low speed auto accidents.  

How is Whiplash Treated?

The Quebec Task Force (the leading authority on whiplash injuries) recommends the following treatments for whiplash injuries where no bones are broken: manipulation (or chiropractic adjustment), mobilization and range of motion exercises for the affected joint complexes.  
— Quebec Task Force

At Art of Health, the following treatments are used:

1. Chiropractic Adjustments - Light force adjusting tools are typically used in the beginning of your treatment, due to the fact that most of the muscles and joints are very sore. As your treatment progresses, different types of adjustments may be used in order to restore proper range of motion.

2. Cold Laser - Cold laser therapy actually feels warm and soothing. This treatment allows the tissues to heal more quickly and helps decrease pain.  To learn more about cold laser therapy click here.

3. Myofascial Therapy - This simply means treatment of the muscle and surrounding tissues using the doctor's hands or a tool in order to loosen up knots and tight connective tissue.

4. Rehab Exercises - This is one of the most important facets of your treatment - because it helps to repair the damaged tissues.  The exercises start with simple range of motion movement, and progress toward strengthening exercises in order to get the areas as close to their pre-accident state as possible.  Here's a good article about why healing the muscles is so important after a car accident - or any injury for that matter.


Dr. Michael Buczynski at Art of Health in Nashville, TN has treated over 1100 auto accident patients over the years.  He has worked with patients exhibiting symptoms such as whiplash, headaches, wrist and shoulder sprains, disk bulges, hip and knee pain, numbness, tingling, back pain, and more.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in Nashville, schedule a consultation with Dr. Buczynski and rest assured that you are in good hands.  

Call the office at (615) 953-7544 to schedule your appointment today.