What is Whiplash and How is it Caused?
A sudden movement of the head in a forward, backward or sideways motion that causes trauma to the neck is referred to as “whiplash”. The damage to the neck is caused by the sudden jerking of the neck beyond normal limits. One of the most common causes of whiplash is from auto accidents but, other events like sporting accidents or work mishaps can also cause the injury.
The symptoms associated with whiplash are varied but can include neck pain, dizziness, headaches and even arm, shoulder and back pain. Some may experience few symptoms while others may experience several. These symptoms can occur immediately after the accident or may even take hours or days.
People suffering from whiplash may recover from symptoms in a few days or even hours, depending on the intensity of the movement but for many, it can be a much longer process. Patients may need weeks or even months of therapy to recover.
If you think you may have received whiplash from a recent accident, it is a good idea to get a thorough examination from a chiropractor.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help.
Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and offer a non-surgical alternative to treat many of the symptoms associated with whiplash. After a thorough examination of your entire spine, a chiropractor may request x-rays or other types of imaging if deemed necessary. Even though the trauma may be to your neck, it is possible that other regions of the spine have been affected.
A chiropractor can identify any areas of restricted joint movement, intervertebral disc trauma, muscle spasms and stress ("knots") or ligament injury and work on a treatment plan to help address any problems. Treatment is administered by manipulating, pushing and moving bones in the spine and joints. Anything that may have been moved out of place from a whiplash inducing accident may be able to be easily manipulated back into place by using chiropractic techniques.
If you have recently been in an accident and are concerned that you may have whiplash, contact Pro Health & Rehab to schedule a chiropractic exam.