Whiplash Specialist

Dr. Scott Swanson, a leading chiropractor located in the Mission District of San Francisco, alleviates whiplash pain through non-invasive, drug-free chiropractic therapies. Countless patients across Mission District, SoMa, Hayes Valley, and the greater San Francisco area have been helped by Dr. Swanson’s whiplash treatments.

San Francisco Chiropractic Whiplash Pain Serving clients from Mission District, Soma, Hayes Valley and Greater Bay Area

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Whiplash Q & A

Whiplash is a neck injury that often occurs as the result of a rear-impact automobile accident. The sudden impact causes the head to jerk forward or backward. This causes the cervical spine (neck) to sustain what’s known as an S-shaped curve. This means that the natural C-shape curve at the back of the neck is jarred from its natural position. Whiplash injury can cause damage to both bones and soft tissue. It doesn’t take a lot of impact for individuals to sustain whiplash. It can occur when a car is traveling at just five miles per hour.

Dr. Swanson begins by taking an x-ray of the head, neck, spine, and joints to assess the injury. If any of the bones have been misaligned, it is important that they are treated immediately to prevent further injury and pain. Often, patients do not feel the effects of whiplash until several days after an accident. However, the sooner treatment begins, the less severe the pain. Don’t wait until you can’t turn your head or get out of bed to make an appointment with a chiropractor.

A variety of chiropractic modalities may be used to alleviate whiplash pain and restore function and range of motion of the affected area. These include:

– Adjustments that are targeted in the upper cervical spine to fix misalignments.
– Acupressure focuses only on the key healing points to promote the body’s natural curing abilities.
– Kinesio-Taping allows the body’s muscles and joints to heal without denying it natural movement.
– Trigger Point Therapy assesses where the source of the pain is, which may not be exactly where a patient feels it.
– Graston Technique uses instruments to treat damaged soft tissues through the application of gentle strokes around the injured area.