If you have been involved in an auto accident, it is highly likely that you may be experiencing whiplash. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in automobile accidents and in particular, those where the person has been rear-ended. It affects a person’s neck and occurs following the sudden movement of the head where it is forced backwards and forwards rapidly. This action can cause different types of damage to the neck and cervical spine, including broken bones, damaged intervertebral discs, and torn/overstretched muscles, ligaments, nerves, and other tissues. In addition to being caused by automobile accidents, whiplash can also occur as a result of sports accidents and injuries, trips and falls, and physical abuse/assault. We are delighted to offer auto accident treatment in Utah, right here at our health center.
Whiplash is rarely noticeable immediately following the actual injury itself, and symptoms usually start to appear anywhere from several hours to several days later. Signs and symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness
- Loss of range of movement in the neck
- Headaches, particularly low in the head/the base of the skill
- Aching shoulders, arms, and upper back
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
In some cases, patients may also experience sleep disturbances, tinnitus, blurred vision, and problems with their concentration.
If you experience any of these symptoms following a car accident, it is likely that you have whiplash and you should schedule an appointment with a chiropractor. If you have suffered from whiplash, you can seek help at our accident treatment center.
Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, drug-free treatment that has been used for centuries to address specific and non-specific pain and injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system and the wellbeing of the body as a whole entity. In addition to treatment, chiropractors also have the training and experience needed to diagnose issues affecting the spine and other supporting structures within the body.
Chiropractors can use a range of different techniques to address issues affecting the musculoskeletal system, including spinal manipulations/adjustments, spinal decompression, therapeutic massage, heat/cold therapy, physical exercises, and more. Your chiropractor will advise you exactly what form your treatment will take.
The benefits of chiropractic care for whiplash include the following:
- Reduced inflammation, which helps facilitate movement and minimize patient discomfort without medications.
- Improvement of blood flow around the body and to the area which requires healing, speeding up patient recovery.
- Release of tension contained within the muscles that are causing pain and stiffness.
- Improvement of the ability of the neck muscles to maintain the stability of the neck.
Chiropractic care can even treat past whiplash injuries where the body has now healed, by further strengthening the muscles, improving mobility, and stimulating the response of pain-relieving endorphins which will ensure that you experience no lasting effects from your injury.
Every patient treatment plan is personalized to the needs of the individual and our chiropractic team would be happy to discuss his with you in further detail. In many instances, patients are recommended to have a series of appointments closer together immediately following their injury, which can then be reduced as you start to experience the benefits of chiropractic treatment and begin to heal.
For more information on how chiropractic care can help to treat whiplash, contact our auto accident clinic, Utah today where our experienced team will be happy to assist you.