Each year there are 3 million new whiplash injuries in the United States. The majority of those go untreated for a variety of reasons. Usually because people think “think crash wasn’t that bad.”
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Each year there are 3 million new whiplash injuries in the United States. The majority of those go untreated for a variety of reasons. One of the major reasons is because the victim thought that ‘the crash wasn’t that bad.’ Associated pain and symptoms can start anywhere from 3 months to many years later and can lead to debilitating pain and suffering.


The doctors at Shephard Chiropractic have studied extensively with Dr. Art Croft at the Spine Institute of San Diego.

Treatment provided to whiplash patients promotes proper healing to the injured tissues, improve mechanics, and would prevent chronic pain and dysfunction from developing. The Spine Research Institute of San Diego was started by Dr. Arthur Croft, Ph.D.(c), D.C., M.S., M.P.H., F.A.C.O. as a response to the growing incidence of whiplash related injuries in the United States. The research that his team has compiled over the last 32 years is at the forefront of the industry. He has helped improve safety standards for automobiles in the United States since 1980.


fender bender accident at intersection

Dr. Croft has authored the first book on the topic entitled Whiplash Injuries: the Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome. There are over 350 professional research papers that address injuries occurring in rear end, front end and side impact collisions. We are understanding more and more about the various ways people are injured during these events. This enhances our ability to offer better treatment and recovery options to the patient.

The seminar series, offered by Dr. Croft, helps to hone the already qualified tools that the chiropractor has to treat your whiplash related injuries. If you or anyone in your family has been involved in an automobile or pedestrian collision, then we encourage you to seek help for those injuries. Being proactive will prevent the pain from worsening over time. Not all pain from an auto or pedestrian collision is noticed right away. Sometimes the symptoms can be delayed for days, weeks and even months.

side view of neck in whiplash

If you or anyone in your family has been in a collision, whether it be a minor low speed fender bender to a highway speed crash, we encourage you to schedule an examination with the qualified chiropractors at Shephard Clinic. They will work to find where the spine is injured and get you started on the path to recovery. Please call 503-223-3826 to talk with a qualified health professional, if you have any further questions.

Common Questions About Whiplash

Because the nerves to the arms and hands exit the spine through the injured area of the neck, numbness and tingling are common. Even lower back pain can result directly from the trauma or as a reaction to the loss of proper spinal curves.

Whether you’ve been in an accident, stressed at work or overexerted yourself in the garden, your body is constantly adapting to the environment. When your capacity to adapt is exhausted, symptoms can appear. This can take days, weeks, months or years to occur.

Many chiropractic patients report improved spinal curves and an end to their symptoms. Those who delay seeking appropriate care often discover that scar tissue and spinal instability require periodic chiropractic checkups.

Since car accidents are the major cause of acceleration/deceleration injuries, defensive driving skills can help. Be sure your taillights and turn signals are properly working. Allow enough stopping distance in front of you. When you slow down or stop, always check your rearview mirror to see if the driver behind you is paying attention. Chiropractic is a team approach to better health.

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