What is Whiplash Injury?


Whiplash injuries can occur in the blink of an eye. With the high rate of car accidents in Denver, CO, whiplash is an easy injury to come by.

Whiplash is not a disease and not itself a diagnosis. It is more of a description of how the injury has been sustained. Anytime the spine is unexpectedly and quickly moved in one direction and then rebounded in the opposite direction (often what happens when slamming on your breaks during an auto accident), there is a possibility of developing a whiplash injury. Most whiplash sufferers have misaligned vertebrae in their spine.

These injuries usually involve a combination of the nervous system, muscles, joints, and connective tissue damage. Whiplash injuries can occur at different degrees. Chiropractic care for whiplash injury is the most effective way to manage these symptoms and support the body’s natural healing process.

Reinhardt Chiropractic specializes in treating whiplash injuries, a unique condition that requires the expertise of a skilled health professional specially trained to work with these types of injuries. We routinely evaluate and treat auto accident victims and make any appropriate referrals to other health care providers if necessary.


Headaches occur in more than 80% of all people affected by whiplash. Headaches can often be a sign of brain injury, but most following a mild auto accident are related to injury of the muscles, ligaments and facet joints of the cervical spine, which actually refer pain to the head. These headaches usually start at the base of the skull and radiate towards the forehead. Treating the supporting structures of your neck will help alleviate these headaches.

Neck Pain

Neck pain is the most common symptom of whiplash. Often this pain radiates across the shoulders, up into the head, and down between the shoulder blades. Facet joint pain is common following auto accidents that is usually felt on the back of the neck and is tender to the touch. As the muscles start to heal, pain begins to subside, but abnormal movement and instability can occur if they are not treated properly.

Lower Back Pain

Low back pain can be the result of twisting in your seatbelt and from the rapid bending or twisting of the spine, which often occurs in car accidents. The lower back does not have the same degree of flexion-extension injury that is experienced in the neck, but it still experiences a large amount of compression during the whiplash injury.


Dizziness can occur after an accident for a variety of reasons. Often there is an injury to the facet joints in the spine, or in some cases injury to the brain or brain stem may contribute to dizziness as well. Dizziness is not a symptom of whiplash that lasts very long, and it can often be improved significantly with chiropractic treatments.

Other Symptoms

Other common symptoms of a whiplash injury include: Tingling or numbness in the arms, Blurred vision, Sleep disturbances, Irritability, Difficulty concentrating, Memory problems and Depression.

If you have been in an auto accident and are experiencing any of these symptoms or other issues with pain, or if you just not feeling like yourself after the accident, please feel free to contact Reinhardt Chiropractic for an evaluation today. Don’t wait to let your whiplash injury cause damage or pain that could last for years. Call Dr. Reinhardt today for specialized whiplash injury treatment!

How Reinhardt Chiropractic Performs Whiplash Treatment

More than 20% of people who suffer from whiplash injuries continue to suffer from pain or restricted movement for up to two years after the accident. However, with proper care, many whiplash injuries can heal in just a few months, providing you permanent relief from your whiplash injury for the years to come.

Chiropractic Care is the single, most effective treatment for minimizing the long-term impact of whiplash injuries. When coupled with massage therapy, trigger-point therapy, stretching and specific range of motion exercises, whiplash injuries can be treated at the most effective rate. Reinhardt Chiropractic specializes in whiplash treatments and can provide you with the most optimal care for your injury. Get help today by filling out our contact form or calling us at 303-996-0381!


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