Suffering from Whiplash?
Have you experienced whiplash? Rear end collisions are the most common kind of car accidents that happen. Although they usually happen due to a combination of sudden braking, poor driving, or even unclear road signs and directions, they can vary wildly in severity. This article discusses how chiropractic care can help.
Quite often, many patients that have been involved in some kind of rear-end collision don't even realize they have received injuries until weeks or even months post-impact. Their medical doctors do not always acknowledge injuries that may occur at lower speeds, despite a great deal of research today that says differently. If you believe that you have been injured in an accident, then you need to figure out how serious the injuries may be.
Your neck is made up of seven bones stacked on top of each other with a shock-absorbing disc between each level. Your neck is relatively Flexible, so it relies on your muscles and ligaments for support. “Whiplash” describes what happens when the soft tissues of your neck are stretched too hard or too far, much like a rope that frays when it is stretched beyond it’s capacity. This is classified as a sprain/strain injury. Those who have preexisting arthritis are more likely to develop complaints.
Symptoms may begin abruptly or have a delayed onset. Ongoing complaints often include dull neck pain that becomes sharper when you move your head. The pain is often centered in the back of your neck but can spread to your shoulders or between your shoulder blades. Tension headaches commonly accompany neck injuries. Dizziness and TMJ problems are possible. Symptoms may increase over time.
When Should Care Start for a Whiplash Injury?
Whiplash injuries are a serious matter. If an injury of this caliber is left untreated then the potential long-term impact can be devastating. Unfortunately, most people that have been injured may not even realize they are injured until long after the accident. By the time many people realize they are in need of help, their problems will need more extensive treatment than if they had started treatment sooner.
A recent study showed significant improvement in whiplash symptoms, 93% of the 28 patients improved under chiropractic care. In the research study the chiropractic care consisted of spinal manipulation, PNF, and cryotherapy.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Getting you back to normal as soon as possible is our number one goal. To do that, we will likely recommend one or more of the following:
- Joint manipulation to gently restore movement to your neck.
- Therapy modalities to ease your muscle tightness, pain and swelling.
- Myofascial release to improve circulation and relieve pain.
- Therapeutic exercise to improve mobility and restore strength