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Chiropractic care helps heal auto accident injuries.


If you have been involved in an auto accident you probably suffered a “whiplash” type injury. At Ocean Chiropractic Center in San Francisco, gentle relief is just a phone call away!

  • No Health Insurance Needed!
  • We can help you today!
  • You DO NOT need to see an attorney first!

When you have been injured and are in pain, the last thing you want is more pain! Call (415) 841-0115 to schedule your free consultation today.

  • We Listen – As one of the leading chiropractors in the county for auto accidents, we believe you will find that our office is different. For starters, we listen. We really listen. That is why we offer a free consultation. That gives us a chance to sit down with you and really find out what your needs are.
  • We Care – Having treated hundreds of auto accidents victims, Dr. Fretty has seen first hand the devastation it can bring to peoples lives. We believe this gives us a very special ability to understand what you are going through. Whiplash hurts. The headaches, neck pain, arm pain and even low back pain are real. We know.
  • We Get Results – At Ocean Chiropractic Center in San Francisco, we utilize the latest techniques as well as some of the oldest and most trusted ones. Our primary adjusting technique is the “Gonstead Technique”. It is one of the only techniques with the specificity to correct the structural abnormalities that result from whiplash type injuries.

We believe that these are just some of the reasons that car accident attorneys from all over the state of California refer their auto accident clients to our office. So call (415) 841-0115 and schedule a free consultation today.


I Thought It Would Go Away! We cannot begin to tell you how many times we have heard this. This is like driving down the freeway and your engine oil light comes on and you keep driving waiting to see if it will go away. You were injured. Your body was damaged just like your car. You need to have it fixed. Too often patients wait a year or two until they can not stand the pain by then the problem is usually much worst.


Improper treatment of whiplash injuries and all soft tissue injuries is a factor in a large percentage of the patient’s that finally present themselves to our clinic. Most MD’s and DO’s prescribe muscle relaxers, pain medications, and anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS). These drugs do nothing to correct the problem and only cover up the symptoms.


In whiplash injuries, ligaments, muscles and joints are stretched and torn. The bones in your spine can be moved out of their original positions. When this happens, the nerves become compressed and cause pain. Without proper care, the injury can progressively grow worse, because the neck vertebrate are now unstable and disc decay can form. Your ligaments and other soft tissues can heal with scar tissue, and your vertebrate may heal in the wrong positions, creating long-term instability and weakness. This is a permanent condition known as fibrosis, the pain is real and can last a lifetime. Auto Accidents cause injuries. Don’t fool yourself.


The good news is that Ocean Chiropractic Center has proven to be very effective in helping most whiplash victims identify and treat their whiplash injuries – without drugs or surgery. No conventional medical treatment has proven to be as effective as chiropractic. A study by Woodward, Cook, Gargan and Bannister found 93% of patients under chiropractic care for whiplash injuries had improved. They further stated”…..” No conventional medical treatment has proven to be as effective as chiropractic.”


There are more than 300 auto accidents each month in both Alameda and Contra Costa County’s. In spite of the frustrations you may now be going through, if you are alive, the accident could have been worse. First, let’s count our blessings!!!


If your auto accident seemed minor because of slow speeds or little damage to your vehicle, that doesn’t mean injury did not occur. It can be a time of great concern. At just 10mph, the body can be subjected to a force of 5 to 10 G’s. The force of 10 G’s is greater than a fighter pilot would experience during aerial combat.

Independent studies show that your body can violently move back and forth 6 to 10 times the speed your auto was going at time of impact. In other words, a 5-10 mph crash, your neck can move at 50 to 100 miles per hour! This is how G force can cause serious injuries at even low speeds. At Ocean Chiropractic Center our doctors are experts at detecting and correcting injuries resulting from auto accidents.


Whiplash is a term used to describe what happens to your head and neck in an automobile accident. It can occur at any angle; head on collisions, rear-end impacts, from any corner, or from being T-Boned, which is impact from the side.

The ill effects of a whiplash injury can occur instantly or it could be weeks, months or even years before symptoms occur. Injuries to the neck caused by a sudden movement (head forward, back, or sideways) is commonly referred to as “whiplash” or “acceleration/deceleration injuries”. Literally thousands of pounds of force is exerted upon the neck and spine of the whiplash victim. These forces result in tearing of muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and in turn, can result in a displacement of the vertebrae of the spine (subluxation) which is a dysfunctional joint causing nerve irritation (pinched spinal nerves).

The results of such injuries can cause neck pain, shoulder and arm pain or numbness, elbow and hand pain or numbness, mid back pain, headaches, dizziness, and blurred vision. The injured areas lose the ability to function and loss of range of motion (stiffness) occurs. This is where whiplash pain comes from. It’s most prevalent in the neck – but can happen to any area of the spine or body.


Whiplash symptoms can include neck pain and stiffness, shoulder pain, headaches, back pain, arm pain, numbness or tingling in your fingers, dizziness or light headedness, mid back pain, low back pain, numbness or tingling down your legs. Whiplash may also produce facial pain, ringing in the ears or hearing loss, vertigo, blurred vision, or even hoarseness. Whiplash is real and painful. You may experience one or many of the above symptoms. Each person is unique in their injuries.


The problem with whiplash is that very few doctors truly understand it. Well meaning emergency room physicians, general medical doctors and physical therapists do not appreciate the extent of the pain and injuries of whiplash accident victims. The end result is these people are often provided inadequate treatment to care for their injuries. Don’t let this happen to you. We truly understand the pain you are going through.


Because of the body’s ability to adapt to injury, some whiplash injuries can remain hidden for weeks or months before pain or other symptoms surface. By the time symptoms surface, many people have already signed their right s to treatment away. Insurance companies know the facts and spend millions of dollars a year to hide them. It is no secret that insurance companies may not have your best interest in mind and attempt to get you to prematurely settle your claim in order that they can avoid additional liability.

Their concern is not your health. Their concern is to get you to settle for as little as possible.
If you do, what happens when hidden challenges begin surfacing? Don’t let this happen to you. Preserve your rights to receive the treatment you need. Do not sign anything until you have been thoroughly checked by a doctor that specializes in Auto injury trauma at our office.


Chiropractic is the most appropriate approach to these types of injuries. Chiropractic care utilizes specific bone manipulations (Adjustments) to help normalize spinal function. This is crucial in the beginning phases of healing to bring back proper motion, but return of functional joint motion usually requires 2-3 months of chiropractic care. Active care allows the soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, and tendons) to heal most effectively with minimal scar tissue and physical therapy can take from a few months up to a year to complete the healing process.


There are 3 phases of healing that our bodies must undergo in any type of injury and chiropractic combined with physiotherapy is the most effect approach to all soft tissue injuries:

  1. Acute Inflammatory Phase usually lasts 24 to 72 hours and ice (Cryotherapy) and correction is essential during this phase.
  2. Regeneration Phase begins around 3 to 5 days post injury and can last up to 3-6 months. Chiropractic care combined with passive modalities is crucial to achieve maximum improvement of joint function during this phase of healing. This is when damaged tissue is replaced by new tissue (Collagen). Mobilization to the injured joints (chiropractic care) is essential to proper healing during this phase of care.
  3. Remodeling Phase begins about 2 to 4 weeks after the injury and can last longer than 1 year in very severe cases. Remodeling is when new tissue (Collagen) begins and continues to strengthens. Always remember chiropractic first, medicine (drugs) and physiotherapy second, and surgery last.


Pain is God’s way of telling you your body is in trouble. Without pain our bodies could not tell us that there is an injury and that there is something wrong. Usually the absence of pain and swelling after injury is an exceedingly poor indicator of healing tissue. Most minor to moderate whiplash injuries are overlooked by the patient, the hospital, and even the patient’s family medical provider due to the lack of initial pain. One week up to 2 months after the injury, the patient continues to have pain or the pain worsens, is when most people begin to realize that the injury is much worse than they had imagined.

Call Us Today! Our doctors have the experience of helping thousands of auto accident victims in their careers, saving most of them from long-term drug addiction and years of future pain as a result of their soft tissue, whiplash injuries.

Call us for your comprehensive examination. If you have challenges needing treatment, rest assured we will provide you with the most competent and comfortable care available. We are willing to work with you regardless of whether you do or do not have an attorney. Our primary concern is to help you move into your future without the painful effects of whiplash following you there.

Call us today at 415-841-0115. We look forward to serving you.