Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that affects people after 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 most car accidents. The jerking movement when your vehicle comes to an abrupt stop puts extreme strain on the muscles and ligaments in your neck, which can cause both spinal and soft tissue injuries.

Whether you have been in a minor or major car accident, it’s a good idea to get an evaluation to determine any injuries you may have sustained. Chiropractic adjustments can alleviate whiplash symptoms and help your body to regain normal function much more quickly. Contact Wellspring Health in Orange City to schedule your free consultation today.

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 impacts your enjoyment of life. Whiplash injuries can range from minor to severe.

Symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain, stiffness, and/or instability
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Shoulder and arm pain or stiffness
  • Jaw pain
  • Visual disturbances
  • Back pain
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

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Treatment Options for Whiplash

Whiplash does not always show up in diagnostic tests, particularly if there have been soft tissue injuries. Conventional medical treatment requires the patient to 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 that consist of range-of-motion exercises help 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, then 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 Wellspring Health in Orange City, our chiropractors often perform cervical and spinal adjustments along with range of motion exercises and physical therapy to keep your 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 similar accident and you think you may be experiencing whiplash, then contact Wellspring Health today for a free evaluation. Prompt diagnosis and treatment will get you on the road to health sooner and help you heal faster.