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Maritime Chiropractic

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7108 Pioneer Way Ste A
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Phone: 253-857-9100
Fax: 253-857-3110

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Monday9am - 12pm2pm - 6pm
TuesdayClosed2pm - 6pm
Wednesday9am - 12pm2pm - 6pm
ThursdayClosed2pm - 6pm
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Whiplash Injury in Gig Harbor, WA

          man suffering from whiplash injury in Gig harbor, WA

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is neck pain that is caused by a traumatic injury to the soft tissues in the neck, usually around the spine. It is usually due to a car accident, but can also be caused by anything that makes the head snap forward and back suddenly and with great force. People have been known to get whiplash from amusement park rides, sports, and even recreational activities like bungee jumping and skydiving.

When the head is thrown forward and snapped back quickly and brutally, it stretches the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck beyond what they are used to. This causes inflammation in the area as it tries to heal. In extreme cases, it can also move vertebrae in the neck out of alignment. Whiplash may cause soreness, bruising, reduction in the range of motion of the neck, swelling, and tenderness.

It almost always causes pain in the affected area, and the pain can even be referred to other areas, causing headaches, back pain, and even pain in the shoulders and arms. Left on its own, it may heal in weeks or months, but it can also become chronic, which is why it is so important to get it treated right away. Full healing is more likely when treatment is prompt.

How Can a Car Accident Chiropractor Treat and Heal Whiplash?

The best thing to do when you believe you may have whiplash is to visit a car accident chiropractor. This type of chiropractor is trained in treating whiplash injuries, and, in fact, specializes in it. Whether the cause of the whiplash is a car accident or not, it is best to see a chiropractor who can help you.

You will be examined and evaluated to make sure you do, in fact, have whiplash, and to what degree. The cause of the whiplash and how severe it is will determine the treatment. In most cases, the chiropractor will use manual spinal adjustments to put misaligned vertebrae back into place and relieve pressure on stressed soft tissues. Massage, ice, acupuncture, and physical therapy exercises may also be used by the chiropractor to restore full range of motion, eliminate other symptoms, and relieve pain. Depending on the individual person, it may take one to a dozen treatments (and, occasionally more) to heal the whiplash.

Had a Whiplash Injury? Visit Our Gig Harbor Chiropractor Today

Contact us at 253-857-6500 to make your appointment. You will receive an examination, evaluation, and your first treatment, and a custom program for your healing will be set up for you.

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Discuss your health concerns with Dr. Duppenthaler and find out if Chiropractic can help YOU!

Request an appointment online or call us at 253-857-9100 to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

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Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Walk-Ins Welcome - No Long Term Commitments
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- Insurances Accepted
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Dr. John is the best Chiropractor I have been to in a LONG time. I've seen more improvement in 2 months than I did in years at another place. My back thanks me

Susan W.
Gig Harbor, WA

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Monday9am - 12pm2pm - 6pm
TuesdayClosed2pm - 6pm
Wednesday9am - 12pm2pm - 6pm
ThursdayClosed2pm - 6pm
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