Whiplash and Chiropractic Care

An injury to the neck caused by a sudden movement of the head, backward, forward, or sideways, is referred to as whiplash. Whether from a car accident, sports, or an accident at work, whiplash or other neck injuries warrant a thorough chiropractic check-up. Unfortunately, the symptoms of whiplash can take years to develop and many people don’t seek treatment until complications develop.

In the past whiplash could be hard to prove since we didn’t have the technology to show damage to soft tissues. We now have new imaging devices (CAT scans, magnetic imaging, and ultrasound) which show soft tissue injury and insurance companies will cover most whiplash injuries

When you are in an accident and there is no head trauma, typical whiplash symptoms are as follows: 62% to 98% complain of neck pain, which can start from two hours up to two days after the accident. This is often the result of tightened muscles that react to either muscle tears or excessive movement of joints from ligament damage, as they constrict in an effort to splint and support the head and limit excessive movement. The contraction of the neck muscles can cause a variety of ailments.

Symptoms of whiplash include:

• Neck pain and/or stiffness
• Blurred vision
• Difficulty swallowing
• Irritability
• Fatigue
• Dizziness
• Pain between the shoulder blades
• Pain in the arms or legs, feet and hands
• Headache
• Low back pain and/or stiffness
• Shoulder pain
• Nausea
• Ringing in the ears
• Vertigo
• Numbness and tingling
• Pain in the jaw or face

Your chiropractor has a range of techniques and tools to use to help you on the road to recovery. Ask your doctor of chiropractic for more information about a care program that may include specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations, nutritional advice, or other conservative methods of care based on your health history, age, current condition, and lifestyle.

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