Whiplash Injuries Often Occur with Falls and Auto Accidents

Chiropractor applying treatment to patient's whiplash injury

Emergency room physicians are focused on the traumatic symptoms you experience after an accident. Their job is to make sure your injuries are not life-threatening. If your injuries are not life-threatening, they do their best to alleviate pain. Most recommend follow-up care with a specialist. An OptiLife Chiropractor can more accurately evaluate spinal, muscular and soft tissue injuries. We provide our expertise to patients throughout the Tampa Bay Metro.


The Florida personal injury guidelines mandate that you receive initial treatment within 14 days of injury. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, call our Tampa office at (813) 926-9500. You can also access our online whiplash forms to get started immediately.

What is whiplash trauma?

Whiplash occurs often as a result of an auto accident. The sudden change in momentum causes the head and neck to swing forward and backward in a whip-like motion causing significant harm to the bones, ligaments, nerves and muscles of the neck and upper back. These tissues get stretched and damaged at even very low impact collisions and can create long-term effects that may not be noticeable immediately. Even if you are able to brace for impact, significant trauma occurs because the tissues of the body are placed under extreme stress, suddenly and unexpectedly. Symptoms can begin immediately or can occur in the days and weeks following the accident. It’s always best to consult with an experienced doctor as soon as possible following a potential whiplash situation.

Whiplash Symptoms (One or more symptoms can arise)

What to expect with whiplash

First, the doctor will learn more about the exact circumstances of the accident. Then, through a detailed examination, she will exclude the possibility of a fracture of the cervical vertebrae and other very serious injuries.

By assessing your specific case, you and your doctor will create a treatment plan that ensures the best possible recovery. Surgery is only needed in rare cases. We work with your physician when appropriate to ensure the best possible and least invasive outcome.

Treatment of trauma after an accident

After trauma, the neck is very sensitive and should be treated carefully. The main task is to restore the body’s tissues to pre-accident condition and reduce negative symptoms due to the trauma by healing and strengthening stabilizer muscles. Florida chiropractors, Dr. Danielle Hoeffner can walk you through rehabilitation and physiotherapy.

Why Choose OptiLife Chiropractic?

We are experienced and effective when dealing with patients that have been involved in minor or serious car crashes. We have a state of the art facility and an in-house digital X-ray. We are located near the Carrollwood, Westchase, Citrus Park, and Keystone neighborhoods in Tampa Florida and have convenient hours and the option for weekend visits by appointment.

We deeply care about our patients. We take a hands-on approach, use constant checkpoints and do everything possible to assist the healing process.

We excel at streamlining the process of helping you make decisions, getting you through the paperwork and phone calls, and guiding you to other reliable professionals you may need on your team.

Our doctors have helped hundreds of accident victims. We’re confident that you will refer your friends and loved ones to OptiLife Chiropractic.

Make an appointment to see us today.

At OptiLife in, we offer exceptional chiropractic care that goes beyond standard treatments.

Call OptiLife Chiropractic at (813) 926-9500 to schedule an appointment. We will start you on your way to recovery while dealing with the insurance companies and lawyers in the most expeditious manner.