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Whiplash Injury in Fort Collins, CO

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Understanding Whiplash Injury

Whiplash is a prevalent and often debilitating condition resulting from a sudden acceleration or deceleration force, causing the head to jerk forward or backward beyond its normal range of motion. This can lead to severe pain, disability, and long-term complications, with only 50% of those injured in motor vehicle collisions fully recovering, and 25% ending up with permanent pain and disability. Square One Health in Fort Collins provides comprehensive care to aid in full recovery.
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Common Causes of Whiplash

Whiplash injuries are commonly associated with:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: The most prevalent cause, especially rear-end collisions.
  • Sports Injuries: Contact sports like football can result in whiplash.
  • Physical Assault: A sudden blow to the head can cause the neck to jerk violently.
  • Falls: A slip or fall that causes the head to suddenly jerk back or forward.

Signs and Conditions: Identifying the Symptoms

Whiplash symptoms can vary widely and may include:

  • Neck Pain and Stiffness: Often worsening with movement.
  • Headaches: Typically starting at the base of the skull.
  • Shoulder Pain: Extending into the upper back.
  • Dizziness: Affecting balance and coordination.
  • Fatigue: Leading to a general feeling of malaise.
  • Jaw Pain: Particularly in the temporomandibular joints.
  • Ringing in the Ears: Also known as tinnitus.
  • Blurred Vision: Affecting one’s ability to focus.
  • Irritability: Due to pain and discomfort.
  • Sleep Disturbances: Difficulty falling or staying asleep.
  • Memory Problems: Including difficulty concentrating.
  • Depression: As a result of chronic pain and disruption to daily life.

Additional symptoms can include joint stiffness, knee pain, and decreased mobility, highlighting the extensive impact whiplash can have on one’s life.

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Our Treatment Approach

At Square One Health, we recognize the unique nature of each whiplash injury and provide personalized treatment plans. Our approach includes:

  • Muscle Tissue Therapy: To relieve muscle tension and restore normal function.
  • Physical Therapy: Aiding the healing process through targeted exercises.
  • Spinal Adjustments: Realigning the spine to alleviate pain and improve mobility.
  • Ergonomic and Lifestyle Changes: Recommending adjustments to your daily routine and environment to support your recovery.
  • Doctor Referral: Collaborating with specialists to provide comprehensive care.
  • Mechanical Traction: To restore normal alignment in the spine.

Our team, led by Dr. Chris Gubbels, brings extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating traumatic injuries, ensuring you receive the best care possible.

How Chiropractic Care Helps in Whiplash Recovery

Chiropractic care is a vital component of the recovery process for whiplash injuries. It helps by:

  • Restoring Movement: Chiropractic adjustments help to restore normal range of motion in the neck, reducing stiffness and improving mobility.
  • Reducing Pain: By realigning the spine and relieving pressure on nerves, chiropractic care can significantly reduce pain.
  • Promoting Healing: Therapeutic exercises and muscle tissue therapy aid in the healing of damaged tissues.
  • Preventing Chronic Conditions: Early intervention with chiropractic care can prevent the development of chronic pain and other long-term complications associated with whiplash.

Choosing our clinic for your whiplash treatment ensures you receive personalized care from a team dedicated to your recovery. Our Fort Collins location is conveniently situated to serve the community, and we are committed to helping you regain your health and well-being. Don’t let whiplash control your life – contact us today for a free consultation and take the first step towards recovery.


What causes whiplash?

Whiplash can occur from any event that causes a sudden jerk to the head and neck, with car accidents being the most common cause.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Symptoms can include neck pain, headaches, upper and lower back pain, shoulder discomfort, jaw pain, fatigue, dizziness, vertigo, ringing in the ears, irritability, and nausea.

How is whiplash treated?

Treatment is tailored to each individual and may include muscle tissue therapy, therapeutic exercise, spinal adjustments, ergonomic and lifestyle changes, and doctor referrals.

How long does it take to recover from whiplash?

Recovery time varies depending on the severity of the injury and the individual’s response to treatment.

Can whiplash symptoms appear days after the incident?

Yes, symptoms may not be immediately apparent and can develop over time.

How can I schedule an appointment?

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