Thursday, April 6, 2017

Whiplash Injury

Have you been in an auto accident and suffered from a Whiplash?

What is a Whiplash?

Whiplash is most commonly an injury that usually occurs during an auto accident.  Whiplash is the process of your neck and shoulders going into a hyperextension immediately followed by a hyperflexion. This action where your neck violently goes back and forth causes injuries to the muscles and ligaments which leads to strains and/or tears. Whiplash can also cause structural damage such as herniation, nerve damage due to overextension, or misaligned vertebrae from the violent movement. Each whiplash injury is specific to the person and how their body reacted during the car collision.

Symptoms of Whiplash...

* Headaches
* Stiffness
* Tingling or numbness
* Neck pain and Soreness
* Muscle Tightness
* Restriction in your Range of Motion
* Dizziness
* Blurred vision
* Sleep Disturbances
* Irritability
* Memory Problems
* Tenderness in shoulders, back, and neck 

How Can Chiropractic help?

Chiropractic can help alleviate your pain by releasing pressure points on the nervous system by adjusting a specific area to help promote proper alignment. With adjustments, you would be restoring proper joint movement, help reduce tightness and stiffness in your muscles, and enhance proper motion so that other injuries don't occur to other body parts. The goal is to restore and maintain proper movement and functionality to your overall being. 

With your chiropractic treatment there are a few phases to your treatment plan. Each treatment plan is catered to your specific whiplash injury. The first phase is the initial phase to get you out of your pain. Once you are out of pain then you would start your rehabilitative care. During this phase you will continue with your chiropractic adjustments as well as learn exercises and stretches to help rehab the area of your concern. These exercises aim to improve stability in your neck and upper back as well as reduce your symptoms. Once you have been treated and you no longer have any exacerbations of your symptoms and you are able to return back to work you move into maintenance care. During this phase of care you should be back to where you were before your injury and only come into the office when you have a flare up or you are having restrictions in the area of your injury that need to be adjusted. During maintenance care you will also continue to build stability and strength in your weakened and damaged area. 

If you have any more questions or you have suffered from a Whiplash Injury please don't hesitate to give us a call and ask!

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