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What is Whiplash?

Whiplash injuries occur when a powerful and rapid back and forth motion happens to the head and neck. The sudden acceleration and instant deceleration causes your head and neck to move in a way that is comparable to cracking a whip. Only the end of the whip in this case is your head.

Whiplash injuries most commonly occur as a result of a car accident, but could also be from a number of sports related incidents. Any time your head and neck move violently through and past their normal range of motion, your muscles, tendons, and ligaments get overstretched, which results in damage to those structures- this is classified as whiplash. Due to the fact that most whiplash incidents involve spinal, nerve and tissue damage, consulting Dr. Harris, a sports chiropractor in Middleton, Idaho is a great decision.

Symptoms Experienced with Whiplash:


  • Neck Pain

  • Upper Back Pain

  • Shoulder and Arm Pain

  • Vertigo

  • Difficulty Focusing

  • Headache

  • Muscle Spasms

  • Numbness/Tingling

  • Nerve Pain

  • Sleep Disturbances

  • Stiff Neck

When to See a Sports Chiropractor for whiplash?

There is some overlap in whiplash-associated symptoms and post-concussion symptoms. Your Middleton sports chiropractor at Harris Chiropractic is able to give you the correct diagnosis and provide the appropriate treatment to help reduce those symptoms.

The varying degree in symptoms can make it difficult to uncover where the pain generators are in regard to your condition. For this reason, a good history and physical examination are the most important initial pieces of your treatment process. A specific and individualized treatment plan is necessary for pain management and recovery. As previously mentioned, the symptoms can be varied and it is very important that you do not let them linger for a prolonged period of time. The sooner you are treated after the initial injury, the lower probability that your symptoms will become chronic and the faster you can return to normal activities.

If you are suffering from a whiplash associated injury and would like to make an appointment at our Middleton clinic, or to discuss your condition with Dr. Jeff Harris, please contact us using our online booking link, or call our scheduling line at

(208) 424-5100.

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