Whiplash is one of the most common injuries received in a car accident. Whiplash happens when the body undergoes violent, abrupt movement in one direction and then back again in the opposite direction – exactly what occurs in a car accident. The jerking stop puts extreme strain on the neck muscles and ligaments which can cause both spinal and soft tissue injuries.
Signs of Whiplash
Anytime you’ve been in a car accident or experienced trauma similar to that which occurs in a car accident, you may experience whiplash injuries. Although whiplash is not life-threatening, it definitely affects your enjoyment of life. Whiplash injuries can be relatively minor or severe.
Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck pain, stiffness, and/or instability
- Should or arm pain and stiffness
- Jaw pain
- Visual disturbances
- Back pain
- Ringing in the ears
Whiplash does not always show up in diagnostic tests, particularly if there have been soft tissue injuries. Conventional medical treatment is to have the patient wear a cervical collar, rest, and use painkillers and/or anti-inflammatories to see if the pain recedes.
Modern treatments focus more on movement and less on immobilization. Studies have shown that early interventions consisting of range of motion exercises heal tissues heal faster and prevent the loss of motion that can occur with prolonged immobilization.
Another treatment that is often highly effective is spinal or cervical manipulation. If the neck or spinal vertebrae have been pushed out of position, they could be adding to the strain on your already overtaxed muscles and ligaments. A vertebrae that is out of position might also be irritating the nerves in the spinal column and causing pain, discomfort, tingling, or weakness down the arms.
Chiropractors are best suited to manage whiplash because they are trained in the entire musculoskeletal system. At The Complete Wellness Center of Orange City, our chiropractors often perform cervical and spinal adjustments along with range of motion exercises and physical therapies to keep the muscles limber, increase blood flow, and promote healing.
Contact Wellspring Health for Whiplash Treatment
If you have been injured in a car accident, a slip-and-fall accident, or another incident and you think you may be experiencing whiplash, contact Wellspring Health for an examination. Prompt diagnosis and treatment will get you on the road to health sooner and help you heal faster.