Utilizing Chiropractic Therapy for Whiplash Treatment
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when rapid movement occurs to the neck. Approximately two-thirds of people who have been in a motor accident, experience whiplash. Whiplash can be brought up by a number of circumstances like sports accidents or as an injury from a slip and fall accident. But, it is most commonly caused by rear-end car accident trauma.
It usually takes 48 hours to experience symptoms of whiplash. Some may experience chronic pain for a long period of time post-trauma. It is recommended that you address the pain with a medical professional as soon as you experience an accident to avoid future complications and gain the best results.
Activities that affect cervical biomechanics:
- Constant movement
- Sitting for a long duration of time
- Everyday wear and tear
- Normal aging
- Falls and blows to the body or head
When a person gets whiplash, they endure a rapid forced movement of their head or neck. The sudden movement in any direction causes a rebound in the opposite direction. It is a whipping like movement that injures surrounding tissues of the neck and head. Muscles respond by tightening and compressing which results in pain. In most cases, car accidents are a common cause of whiplash.
After an injury like whiplash, neck pain is worsened with the regular movement of the neck or turning of the head. It can result in dull aching which is the persistent and chronic pain in a specific area. Symptoms that are associated with neck pain can be tenderness, shooting pain, trouble swallowing, pulsations, dizziness, nausea, lymph node inflammation, tingling, numbness, and even blurred vision.
Pinched nerves in the neck due to whiplash can cause symptoms like shoulder pain, headache, numbness or tingling of the arm, and even facial pain. It can bring on other symptoms like the upper back and lower back pain.
How chiropractors help with whiplash treatments
Developing Whiplash after an injury accident is very common. This is why seeking a doctor for a physical examination immediately following an accident is recommended. Silverman Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center™ in Miami is South Florida’s leading chiropractic and rehab facility. Our team is more than experienced at helping accident victims with safe and effective whiplash treatment.
Every whiplash patient is different, which is why it is important not to generalize one whiplash treatment approach . Each patient will be provided a list of treatment options and offered a custom recovery plan unique to his or her specific case.
Best Treatment for Whiplash Injury
Chiropractic treatments for whiplash start with an evaluation of your injuries. A chiropractor will always examine the entire spine and neck to identify the exact location of the injury. He will also be checking for other medical concerns that may appear in the future.
During your physical exam, the doctor will test your muscle strength, reflexes, and areas pain. After examining the injury (or injuries), a professional will then recommend a whiplash neck pain treatment plan.
Your chiropractor will most likely address when and where the pain started; what exactly was done to your neck (if the pain travels to other parts of your body); and anything that will reduce or the make the pain worse.
If you have recently been injured and are experiencing neck pain, Silverman Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center is available to assist you at multiple locations throughout Miami-Dade County. Call 305-676-8525 or request a consultation online.