Whiplash And Neck Pain | Chiropractic Care And Whiplash
There you are, driving your vehicle– then CRUNCH! With the startling event of being rear-ended you make a quick personal assessment, you seem fine… or are you?
Although you may feel fine, you may have received a serious injury called whiplash… a painful and very deceiving injury. Whiplash damage occurs when your neck is stretched back and forth beyond its natural range of motion. The neck is especially vulnerable to this type of injury because of its ability to move in so many directions.
What’s interesting is that your vehicle didn’t even have to be moving very fast, as whiplash can, and does occur at speeds as low as 5 mph. There may or may not be initial pain brought on by the accident. However, it is not uncommon for symptoms to develop over several hours, weeks, or even months. Therein lies the deception of a whiplash injury.
Whiplash And Neck Pain
Your neck contains several muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and nerve endings. Whiplash can injure one, two, or all these vulnerable component parts.
Although whiplash is most frequently the result of a rear-end collision, whiplash can occur in several other situations like sporting activities such as football, gymnastics and many contact sports.
The neck may not be the only affected area as whiplash can often extend into other areas such as the upper back, shoulders and arms. Most likely, a whiplash victim will suffer from headaches, numbness and tingling sensations, spasms and stiffness of muscles.
Chiropractic Care And Whiplash Recovery
Even if you don’t have any obvious or immediate symptoms after an auto accident, I would recommend that you visit a chiropractor who specializes in auto injury recovery as soon as possible. Only then can an assessment of the severity and recovery of whiplash injury be made.
Your chiropractor will conduct an initial exam to assess the extent of injury which may include x-rays. If the injury is determined whiplash related, a Chiropractor can initiate a number of treatments to restore strength, function and mobility to the affected areas.
Your Chiropractor will be able to employ a treatment plan that will not only help relieve pain and restore strength to injured areas but can also show you how to perform exercises and stretches to aid in the healing process.
Fortunately, with time, the majority of people with whiplash injury fully recover… many within a few weeks. However, some patients may have symptoms for longer periods. Your age, sex, and present physical condition can have a major effect on the severity and length of symptoms.
The good news is that research has shown that chiropractic has been a very effective approach to healing whiplash. When you visit our St Paul / Minneapolis MN Chiropractor office, our first goal is to relieve pain and symptoms. But our ultimate goal is to restore health.