If you have recently been involved in a car accident, you may be in need of whiplash treatment. Following an accident, most people have aches and pains throughout the body, concentrated in the spine, shoulders, neck, and head. In many cases, the victims may not realize they actually have whiplash.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is typically a result of a forceful jerking motion of the head and neck, propelling them backward then forward. This may occur during a traumatic event such as being rear-ended while operating a vehicle, suffering from a sports injury or from being roughhoused or shaken during a physical altercation. The pain and stiffness that results from whiplash is usually short-term, lasting only a few weeks to three months, but it can be severe. In most cases, the discs between the vertebrates and the muscles and ligaments of the body are stressed or damaged. Typically women and sedentary people are more likely to experience whiplash.
Symptoms of whiplash
Whiplash patients may experience pain, stiffness and tightening, muscle spasms, muscle tenderness, headache, inflammation, and heat in the neck area, fatigue, dizziness, nerve tingling, sleep disorder, memory loss, anxiety, and trouble focusing. Symptoms are typically focused in the head and neck area, extending into the shoulders. In some cases, the arms and back may also suffer. Symptoms usually appear within 24 hours but sometimes take a few days to develop.
Typical treatment options for whiplash
Whiplash treatment typically begins with conservative methods like over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications. Patients are usually instructed to ice the area or alternate ice and heat for comfort and relief. If these conservative treatments do not seem to work, patients may be advised to seek out other non-invasive treatment methods such as physical therapy or chiropractic treatment. These gentle treatment options reduce the need for strong, habit developing medications and encourage natural healing.
During physical therapy, patients will undergo a series of gentle stretching and rotation exercises to gradually increase the range of motion within the neck and back without putting undue stress on the damaged muscles, ligaments and discs. It may take several sessions to see improvement and to feel long-term relief, but each session will provide some relief of pain.
Chiropractic treatment may be necessary
If this is the case, an examination will take place that will better pinpoint the origin of the pain so the specific tissues that are damaged can be worked with. Patients often suffer from misalignment in the vertebrates following a traumatic event that causes whiplash. These injuries will require gentle realignment for lasting pain relief and proper healing.
Chiropractic adjustments are typically an important part of any whiplash treatment and we can discuss how they work during a consultation.
Start the healing process and begin to recover
With non-invasive treatments available that heal musculoskeletal conditions naturally, there is no need to remain in chronic pain. Schedule an appointment today for an examination to determine a treatment plan. If you have experienced body trauma and feel as though you have the symptoms listed, you may be in need of whiplash treatment.