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Whiplash FAQs

Whiplash FAQs from our Vaughan Chiropractor

Man injured from whiplash after an auto accident

At Synergy Rehab, we have a dedicated team of physiotherapy and chiropractic practitioners helping people every day recovering from whiplash and other auto accident injuries. We're always glad to answer question and concerns from the community about this common health condition. 

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a syndrome caused by sudden acceleration and deceleration of the body, such as what happens during an auto accident. Such movement imposes significant force on the connective tissues in the cervical spine, upper back, and shoulder region. 

What are symptoms of whiplash?

Common whiplash symptoms include:

  • Neck pain, stiffness, and tenderness
  • Shoulder pain, stiffness, and tenderness
  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Insomnia
  • Numbness, tingling, and pain in one or both arms

What other types of injuries are common after an auto accident?

Side impact, rear-end, and front-end collisions (even "minor" ones) can lead to a variety of injuries, including:

  • Disc herniation and bulge
  • Muscle strain
  • "Dashboard knee" (blunt force trauma to the knee)
  • Bone fractures
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Spinal joint subluxations
  • Brachial plexus injury (strain in the nerve pathway in your shoulder, often as a result of a seatbelt injury)

When should I see a chiropractor and/or physiotherapist after an auto accident?

As soon as you are medically cleared! Even if you walk away from your accident feeling "fine," there could be an underlying joint misalignment, inflammatory process, or some other damage that simply isn't showing symptoms yet because of a surge in flight-or-flight hormones that mask pain. 

How can physiotherapy or chiropractic care help me recover from my whiplash?

Both chiropractic care and physiotherapy have the support of both anecdotal and scientific evidence, showing that these therapies are consistently among the safest drug-free options for auto accident injury care. At Synergy Rehab, our clinician offers beneficial non-invasive services such as:

  • Spinal adjustments
  • Acupuncture
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Massage therapy
  • Custom braces

Whether you're in need of tissue healing, anti-inflammation, reduced muscle tension and spasm, joint realignment, nerve and disc relief, or some other element of healing, our complementary holistic services can help you—without the drugs or surgery.

Will insurance cover my whiplash or related auto accident injury?

This depends on several factors, including your insurance coverage and the details of your accident. We can help you file a claim and work with your insurance company, or offer you other flexible payment options to ensure you get the holistic treatment you need.

Contact our Chiropractor or Physiotherapist Today at Synergy Rehab

Contact our clinic now at (905) 856-4174 to request your initial appointment and get back on the road to health.