Whiplash

Have you recently been in a car accident? Are you suffering from debilitating whiplash? Is your neck in so much pain that life seems unbearable?

You do not have to live in pain for the rest of your life. If you contact a chiropractor, they can help you minimize or even eliminate whiplash pain so that it does not become a chronic condition.

There’s no reason for you to suffer in silence. Chiropractors can help with this painful condition.

Let’s look at the most popular questions and answers in regards to whiplash and neck pain…

What Is Whiplash?

When somebody suffers an injury to the neck because of a sudden whip-like movement of the head in a backward, forward or sideways direction, this is typically categorized as whiplash.

Most of the time you will hear about this type of neck trauma regarding a car accident, but it’s not the only way that a person could suffer from this condition. It could also happen from an accident at work or a sports injury.

If you do suffer from some type of whiplash or neck injury you need to schedule a chiropractic examination right away. The chiropractor will often be able to help you eliminate the pain and suffering that you are experiencing due to the sudden jerking movement of your neck.

How Does Whiplash Occur?

The most common occurrence for whiplash is due to a motor vehicle accident. The impact of the collision can often violently jerk your head back and forth and push it beyond its normal limits.

When this type of sudden jerking movement occurs, the ligaments and muscles that support your spine can either be torn or overstretched. The discs between the vertebrae can rupture, tear and bulge. When the vertebrae are forced out of their normal position, the person’s range of motion will be reduced. Finally, the nerve roots and spinal cord may become choked, irritated and stretched.

When it comes to whiplash, the symptoms could potentially take years before they develop. This is a problem because complications can develop during this time and the person suffering will not have received any treatment because the symptoms didn’t appear right away.

After a car accident takes place and insurance claims are paid out, as many as 45% more people report that they suffer whiplash symptoms even two years later. At this point it’s often too late to collect from the insurance company.

Whiplash Symptoms Can Include:

  • neck pain
  • arm and shoulder pain
  • headaches
  • blurry vision
  • stiffness or lower back pain
  • trouble swallowing
  • feeling dizzy
  • vertigo
  • face or joint pain
  • ringing ears
  • pain in the hands, legs, arms and feet
  • feeling irritable
  • tingling and numbness
  • feeling nauseous
  • symptoms mistaken for carpal tunnel syndrome

How Can a Chiropractor Help with Whiplash?

More importantly than anything else, if you suffer from whiplash you need to begin treatment with a chiropractor right away. A chiropractor has a specific approach to making adjustments that will help restore function to the spine. This is a gentle approach and it works wonders for many people.

You may need to perform certain range of motion exercises, neurological rehabilitation and muscle strengthening in order to help along the process. Often, rehabilitation is needed to recondition your spine, neurological system and musculature of the neck. This will help to eliminate the pain and restore normal function.

Do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced chiropractors for whiplash help today.