Anchorage Whiplash & Accident Therapy

At Alaska Back Care Center, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of our field. Nowhere else is that more evident than with our whiplash therapy service. While we strive for and maintain exceptional quality in each of our services, we are true whiplash specialists.

Whiplash is a neck injury most commonly associated with car crashes, especially rear-end car crashes, but they can occur by being hit elsewhere. Injury can range from simple muscle strains to injuries involving the ligaments, joints, discs, and nerves in the neck.

Whiplash injuries can range from minor muscle strains (grade 1) to injuries requiring surgery (grade 5)*. Even low speed rear-end crashes under 10 miles per hour with little or no damage to the vehicle(s) can cause serious injury to the neck and back.

Dr. Matthisen consistently remains at the forefront of whiplash research, thanks to his involvement with the Spine Research Institute of San Diego since 2002. They review whiplash research from around the world and share research with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In fact, Dr. Matthisen’s expertise is so widely sought after for medico-legal cases, that you can view his Curriculum Vitae here.

Anchorage Whiplash Injury Treatment

If you were in a car accident recently and are currently experiencing shoulder and neck pain, there is a good chance you have sustained a whiplash injury. Even after a minor accident, whiplash is common and may become a chronic injury if it is not properly and quickly treated.

At Anchorage’s Alaska Back Care Center, our personal injury physicians are skilled and experienced in treating whiplash injuries. They can help to relieve your pain and restore your full range of motion. For more information on treating Whiplash, give our Anchorage Chiropractic office a call today at (907) 349-4212 or send us an email to request an appointment.

How Does Whiplash Occur?

Severe forms of whiplash occur whenever the head is raised over the upper cervical spine. A strain or sprain is created by the lifting action in the area right under the skill, which is where a person will normally experience whiplash symptoms. Whiplash often can result in pinched nerves and herniated discs, which may cause other pain symptoms following a car crash. However, symptoms might also be present in other parts of the neck. When a whiplash injury is suffered, turning your head will often increase your discomfort level and pain.

Symptoms Of A Whiplash Injury

Two of the more common symptoms that a person with whiplash experiences are neck stiffness and pain. A headache on the base of a person’s skull is present in over two-thirds of patients who have been diagnosed with whiplash. The headache might be bilateral (both sides) or unilateral (one side only) The pain can also extend to the low back, upper back, upper chest, arms, and shoulders.

Whiplash symptoms from a rear-end collision vary from one individual to the next. Some of the more common whiplash signs are whiplash lower back pain at times, whiplash sore throat, muscle spasms, sore neck muscles, neck pain, and headaches. Although it is rare, there are some patients who experience back pain that is caused by whiplash. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms and were involved in a car accident recently, it is strongly recommended that you come to our accident clinic in Anchorage so that a medical professional of ours can evaluate you.

Many patients who have whiplash injuries experience the following:

– Difficulty swallowing
– Vertigo (room appears to be spinning)
– Blurred vision
– Ringing in ears
– Trouble concentrating
– Irritability
– Dizziness
– Nausea

Although they are alarming symptoms, typically they disappear within a fairly short amount of time. However, although rare, there are times when the symptoms can last for a longer amount of time (as long as several years). Therefore, if your symptoms persist, it is critical for you to seek treatment for your car accident injuries and inform your Anchorage chiropractic team at Alaska Back Care Center immediately.

Quite often, the symptoms and signs of whiplash don’t develop immediately after sustaining an injury. Quite often there is a delay of two to 48 hours and there are even some people who do not experience any whiplash symptoms at all for several weeks. Although the situation is fairly common, it is not fully understood why this happens. Some think that a delay in sore muscles is responsible for the situation. That is one of the man reasons why it is essential to undergo an evaluation that is conducted by an experienced emergency doctor after your car accident.

Chronic Whiplash Physical Therapy

Physical therapy frequently is necessary in order to restore the health of the patient following a car accident. After our patient has been evaluated and diagnosed by one of our neck and back specialists, we will develop a detailed treatment plan. The treatment plan that is prescribed by the doctor will be followed by our therapists. Quite often whiplash treatment exercises are part of the overall physical therapy plan. they help to strengthen the patient’s neck muscles as well as prevent whiplash pain from becoming worse.

Although muscle relaxants and pain medication might be prescribed in order to assist the patient without experiencing pain while following the physical therapy plan, our medical professionals are fully committed to avoiding the use of pills long term.

Contact our accident clinic in Anchorage today to have your whiplash treated.

Our professional chiropractic clinic has highly qualified and specialized injury doctors who can effectively diagnose whiplash injuries and treat them. Get your appointment scheduled today with one of our Anchorage neck and back specialists to relieve and eliminate your pain as quickly as possible.


Digital Motion X-ray (DMX) is a new type of fluoro-based x-ray system. Combined with new digital and optic technology, it allows us to view the spine in a real-time motion at 30 x-rays per second. The procedure is performed with the patient standing and actively moving their head and neck within the system.

We are the only chiropractic clinic in Alaska that utilizes Digital Motion X-Ray (DMX) to diagnose and treat our patients. This latest innovation in chiropractic technology allows us to check for factors that other forms of imaging cannot, such as joint instability. Dr. Matthisen continues to stay on the forefront of whiplash research, and our DMX provides invaluable insight.

*The therapy you receive depends upon the severity of your injury. Dr. Matthisen will evaluate your injury and provide the proper recommendations for therapy. We conduct conservative therapy for all grades of injuries, and we have an expansive referral network of medical specialists for those requiring more invasive therapy.


Watch the videos below to see some of the forces that are applied on your body when in even minor car collisions:


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