Whiplash is a sprain or strain of the neck muscles and ligaments. Sprains and strains of the neck occur when the head jerks back and forth rapidly.
In a car accident, your entire body may ricochet between the seat and the seat belt, which reduces the potential for bodily injury.
The headrest only protects your head and neck, and if the headrest is not properly adjusted, it may not provide adequate neck support. This means the head and neck travel farther and faster than the rest of the body, leading to a strained neck or misaligned vertebrae.
The symptoms of whiplash include:
In some cases, whiplash symptoms may not occur for 24-48 hours after the accident. This is due to the adrenaline rush, which masks the pain and stiffness for some time.
Neck sprains and strains don’t always get better with time, leaving untreated individuals with headaches and stiffness for months, or even years, after the accident. The symptoms also tend to increase in severity until they impact your ability to go to work and perform daily tasks.
Once the neck is injured, it can be re-injured fairly easily. Thankfully, chiropractic treatment can heal sprains and strains of the neck and help prevent future injuries.
When you see your chiropractor at Arrowhead Physical Medicine, your treatment starts with a thorough physical examination to determine if there are any injuries to the neck and back.
If there are injuries, your chiropractor makes recommendations to reduce pain and help the body heal. He or she may use spinal adjustments to put the spine back into proper alignment, immediately reducing pain and improving range of motion.
With multiple chiropractic adjustments over a period of weeks or months, the spine, soft tissues, and muscles begin to heal, allowing the vertebrae of the neck to remain properly aligned. After successful treatment, maintenance or check up sessions may be recommended to ensure you remain pain-free.
When you’ve suffered an auto accident, turn to the chiropractors you can trust. Contact Arrowhead Physical Medicine today by calling to schedule your appointment or booking online.
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