Chiropractic Care for Whiplash
Chiropractic care can provide significant relief to patients who have suffered from whiplash. Whiplash is a generic term used to describe an injury that occurs when the neck is abruptly and/or forcefully jolted in a whip-like motion. It can take place in the backward/forward direction or in a side to side movement. Whiplash is most commonly seen in individuals who have been involved in a car accident, but can also be caused by sports injuries, falls, slips, or work incidents.
Whiplash injuries involve a combination of nervous system, muscle, and connective tissue disturbance. Neck sprains and strains are the most common result of whiplash. Ligaments that help protect and support the vertebrae are torn by the excessive movement, known as a sprain. The muscle and tendons in the neck are extended beyond their limits, known as a strain. Other injuries that can be seen with whiplash include herniated discs, stretched and inflamed nerve roots, and dislocated or fractured vertebrae.
People who suffer from whiplash can experience a variety of painful, debilitating symptoms. Pain and stiffness in the neck is one of the most common symptoms, which can extend into the shoulders, arms, and upper back. Headaches are also commonly noted in whiplash sufferers, especially at the base of the neck. Other symptoms include dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, low back pain, ringing in the ears, and difficulty swallowing. It is important to note that the signs and symptoms of whiplash often do not present themselves until 2 to 48 hours after the whiplash event.
In order to diagnose whiplash, your Mankato Chiropractor will conduct a thorough examination to analyze factors such as posture, muscle tenderness and tightness, flexibility, range of motion, and muscle weakness. Depending on the result of the examination and extent of the injury, X-rays of the spine may be performed as well. An individualized treatment plan will then be developed by the Chiropractor to help facilitate healing and pain relief. Treatment may include a combination of spinal adjustments and manipulations to help restore normal position and movement of the vertebrae, electrical stimulation, trigger point therapy, rest, ice/heat, and stretching and strengthening exercises. If you have been involved in a car accident or other whiplash injury, give your Mankato Chiropractor a call today to see how Chiropractic care can help you start healing today!