Whiplash is a common ailment after a rear-end car collision. Even low-speed car accidents ( the threshold for injury is as low as 7-15 mph ) can result in whiplash, which is the result of a sudden jolt that causes unnatural movement of the cervical spine located in the neck. The result is often painful, stiff muscles and an inability to move the head in certain directions without discomfort. Though every whiplash case is as unique as the patients who suffer them, chiropractic care to treat whiplash is a proven way to restore mobility, reduce pain and help you move on with your life.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Every whiplash case is different, but whiplash usually has a few telltale signs and symptoms that help doctors make an accurate diagnosis:
Symptoms that appear within 24 hours of the injury, however they can also be delayed for several weeks or longer.
Headache at the base of the skull, dizziness, nauseau, light or sound sensitivity, tingling or numbness.
Painful bending or moving of the neck
Spasms of the neck muscles
Why should I see a chiropractor for my whiplash?
Chiropractors take a unique approach when it comes to treating whiplash. While some medical professionals may turn to medication to relieve pain and take a wait-and-see approach, hoping time will help the injury heal, chiropractors treat whiplash much differently. Chiropractors understand the underlying causes of whiplash pain, and know that restricted movement and muscle stiffness need special care than can only come from spinal manipulation. Helping to relieve the pain of whiplash is an important part of the treatment chiropractors offer, but chiropractic care for whiplash goes beyond the pain, treating not just the muscles involved in the injury, but the nerves, joints and tendons that may also be effected. The holistic approach to whiplash treats the entire spine and protects the overall health of the body as a whole.
How does a chiropractor treat whiplash?
Chiropractors offer non-drug treatment options for whiplash, which can be safely combined with any general medicine treatments doctors may provide. The greatest benefit of chiropractic care for whiplash is that it does not simply mask symptoms; it treats the cause of the pain and helps speed healing with natural, painless techniques proven to provide relief. Chiropractors offer a variety of treatments for whiplash:
Painless diagnosis techniques to pinpoint the cause of the pain and identify any other damage to the cervical area and the joints, nerves and muscles around it.
Specialized gentle spinal adjustments that realign the vertebrae and restore mobility.
Targeted massage to soothe strained muscles around the injured area aka trigger point therapy.
Physical therapy such as ultrasound, microcurrent, and intersegmental traction to speed the recovery process.
Whiplash usually takes us by surprise, but don’t let a sudden, unexpected injury like whiplash derail your life. Chiropractic care is a safe, drug-free way to treat whiplash, and not just mask the pain it causes.
Call Floro Chiropractic today to learn how chiropractic care can help you recover more quickly from whiplash after a traffic collision.
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