One of the most common injuries from a car accident is whiplash—and anyone who has experienced it knows first hand that it can be even more painful than watching a C-SPAN hearing on waste management.

But it’s not just about the immediate pain, because this injury affects the soft tissues of the neck caused by the sudden jerking or “whipping” of the head, which can also destabilize the spine—and leave you with severe, long-term pain if left untreated.

It can take anywhere from hours to months for symptoms to present themselves, but they may include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Neck, arm, shoulder and low-back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Reduced range of motion in the neck

Since the integrity of your spine isn’t something you want to gamble with, many health professionals recommend seeking chiropractic care at the first sign of one or more of the above indicators.

“Chiropractors are specially trained to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries like whiplash,” said Gerard Clum, DC, of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.

Treatments aimed at what has been described as “restoring the body” center on making necessary adjustments to spine alignment and may also include massage or soft-tissue techniques.

The best part of going to a chiropractor for pain relief from whiplash? It’s effective while being completely drug-free.