Following a car accident, many people look for chiropractic help in Ottumwa. Whiplash is when your head and neck are rapidly swung back and forth. Most automobile accidents result in being hit from behind which often leads to whiplash. Trauma, abuse and falls can also cause whiplash.

Common signs and symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiffness and headaches. Most people with whiplash get better within a few weeks by following a treatment plan that includes pain medication and exercise. However, some people have chronic neck pain and other long-lasting complications.

The spine and tissue near your neck can be seriously irritated in many ways when whiplash occurs during automobile accidents, sports like football or from abuse/physical harm. Whiplash has the potential to produce more than just short term pain. Long term effects can include:

  • Disc bulges and herniation

  • Misalignments of the vertebrae in the spine

  • Damaged bones in your vertebrae

  • Nerve damage and irritation

  • Pulling of muscles or ligaments in your neck


There is a wide range of whiplash injuries. Having your headrest too low is a common cause of severe whiplash injuries. There could be broken bones or tissue damage when combining a bad collision with a low headset. In a situation like this, meeting with a chiropractor is very important to get x-rays done and a complete examination. In the case of a mild crash or collision, you still may be experiencing whiplash if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Neck pain and stiffness

  • Worsening of pain with neck movement

  • Loss of range of motion in the neck

  • Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull

  • Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms

  • Tingling or numbness in the arms

  • Fatigue

  • Dizziness

  • Depression or memory problems


Due to the fact that most whiplash incidents involve spinal, nerve and tissue damage, consulting a chiropractor is a great decision for treatment. With the skills and knowledge to do so, chiropractors can determine the source of pain from a whiplash injury and create an effective plan for treatments. Treatments given by Dr. Tucker are non-invasive and gentle. With precise and careful adjustments, people can fully recover and find lasting relief from their whiplash. Call our team at Expect. Chiropractic of Oshkosh today to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care, and how it can help you heal from whiplash.