Whiplash is a ligament injury that often results from sudden acceleration and deceleration in car accidents. When the neck is healthy, it has a natural backward “C” curve. When a whiplash injury occurs, the ligaments are overstretched, which causes the neck to lose its natural “C” shape.

In this video, a chiropractor in San Francisco explains how physicians and chiropractors treat whiplash injuries. In addition to seeking professional medical treatment, car accident victims can use a rolled up towel to encourage a “C” shape in their neck. By placing the towel underneath his or her neck for 20 minutes each night, a car accident victim can re-train the spine and ligaments to curve in a backward “C.”

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