Whiplash Treatment at Coast Chiropractic Centers

Dr. Harcourt Explains Whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury to the ligaments and tendons in the neck and head from a sudden sharp movement. More than 3 million people in America suffer from whiplash injuries every year. Approximately 50% of these victims will suffer from chronic pain. Approximately 10% of those people become permanently disabled as a result of their injuries. This is precisely why it's critical to call Dr. B. Timothy Harcourt at Coast Chiropractic Centers, Inc. in Fort Myers right away!

Common Symptoms of Whiplash


Headache is the second most frequently reported symptom, reported by patients at Coast Chiropractic Centers, in the acceleration/ deceleration injury. The pain may be unilateral or bilateral, intermittent or constant, localized or general. It may recur in a consistent pattern or vary greatly in its presentation from day-to-day. Headaches may be of several types. The most common is the muscle contraction headache or the so-called “tension headache.” These are generally associated with occipital or frontal pain and are often felt behind the eyes. They may also be neuropathic or vascular in origin. Testing at Coast Chiropractic Centers by Dr. Harcourt will look to identify the source of your pain and other symptoms.

Seizures or Loss of Consciousness

Dr. Harcourt and the staff at Coast Chiropractic Centers, Inc. take traumatic brain injury very seriously.  When it involves your health there is no such thing as a "mild"  traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Blurred Vision

Visual Disturbances generally take the form of blurred vision and may be associated with retrobulbar pain. The staff at Coast Chiropractic Centers working with Dr. B. Timothy Harcourt will help you with your paperwork if you are having difficulty filling it out. 


Dizziness may be caused by injury to the sympathetic nervous system, by vascular injury, by impairment or by injury to the Central Nervous System as in posttraumatic headache syndrome. Dr. Harcourt will give you an examination, to include the SONOMA Method, to determine the cause of your dizziness.

Fatigue and General Irritability

Fatigue and General Irritability are present about 90% of the time. Fatigue may vary from a sense of mild tiredness to extremes of exhaustion and may be associated with restless sleep or insomnia.

Other complaints may include:

  • mood changes
  • dysphasia (difficulty swallowing)
  • poor concentration (foggy brain)
  • mental sluggishness
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • ruminations about the accident (paranoia or nightmares about the accident)

Source: Foreman SM, Croft AC. Whiplash Injuries. The Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome. 3rd edition. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2002