Whiplash

You Can Heal From Whiplash

A whiplash injury usually occurs when the neck is jerked suddenly in a forwards, backwards and even a sideways motion in a whip like fashion. Usually the majority of whiplash sufferers have been in an auto accident.

What does a whiplash damage?

Because of its violent nature, the head is jerked beyond its normal range of motion, which causes the ligaments and muscles of the spine to become over stretched or even torn. Also the vertebral discs can tear, bulge or even rupture.

This is a big trauma for the back and neck and a thorough check up should be done immediately even if you seem to feel fine and have only minor or even no pain.

Why?

Because the symptoms of whiplash do not always present themselves immediately after an injury. In some cases, it could take months or even years for all the symptoms to appear. This is important, because many people don’t get treatment until symptoms start to appear. In a lot of cases, no bones are broken and x-rays don’t show injuries to the soft tissues.

This has been the problem in the past with treating whiplash, because a person doesn’t know how severe the injury really is until pain and stiffness start to appear as time goes on. Insurance claims are settled and then whiplash symptoms appear in the back and neck. This can be a problem for a lot of people, because they can be labeled as a liar or even a hypochondriac that couldn’t possibly be in that much pain and discomfort.

Fortunately, with today’s state of the art technology, new equipment such as magnetic imaging, ultrasound and CAT scans can now definitively show that there is a soft tissue injury that X-rays  miss.

This is why if you ever are in a car accident or experience any other traumatic jerk of the head, it’s still critical to get checked out even if you don’t presently have any pain or severe stiffness.  Find out how much damage has been done and get treatment instead of for the symptoms to start appearing later on.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

The majority of people experience neck pain, headaches as well as shoulder and arm pain. Other symptoms that can be present include:

  • Low back stiffness and pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the legs, arms, feet and hands
  • Pain in the face and jaw
  • Ringing in the ears

How can a chiropractor help?

A chiropractor uses a variety of different treatment methods to help you improve the condition. Gentle adjustments are part of treatments and are very effective. However, using heat, cold ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage therapy and physical therapy can also be a major part of the treatment plan.

In addition, a home program of stretching and exercise created by your chiropractor can be as important as the in-clinic treatments in healing the neck and back.

Advanced Spinal Clinic can help you heal from a traumatic whiplash injury. We have the knowledge and experience to treat you correctly. Please give us a call if you have had any type of accident and trauma to the neck and back, so we can help restore your health.