Whiplash is an injury to the cervical spine, which is caused by a jerking motion of the head and neck. When the head is thrown backward or forward, whiplash can occur. You can get whiplash in many other ways besides just car accidents. Playing sports, horseplay, awkward falls or even a sudden sneeze can result in whiplash. Whiplash can certainly be painful, and many times people will choose to enlist a chiropractor service for help and pain relief. A chiropractor can put the spine back in alignment so that the rest of the body can heal.
If you have had problems after an accident such as headaches, head and neck pain, stiff neck or muscle spasms, you could have whiplash. You will be able to recognize these signs quite easily and you will find in a case of whiplash, you have restricted head motion. You will not be able to turn your head all the way in the directions you want. You can also have equilibrium problems and a loss of hearing and you may experience ringing in the ears which are all signs of whiplash.
If you are feeling lightheaded and excessively tired or even find yourself blacking out, it is a for sure sign you have most likely hurt your neck. If you are experiencing any nerve pain or nerve inflammation in the area of your neck you should get checked as well. Cold hands and feet are often a symptom, so is numbness in the arms, hands, shoulders, feet or legs. Periods of unexplained depression and anxiety could be a factor as well as irritability. You will find it hard to concentrate and may have a poor memory, another sign of whiplash is the pain between the shoulders; there may be low back pain, tremors, and rapid heartbeat.
If you have these problems, Chiropractic is one of the best treatments for whiplash. As a Chiropractor, I treat whiplash with manual therapy, adjusting the spine to restore full range of motion, also working with the soft tissues surrounding the spine to decrease stiffness and pain and promote healing. I will also give you stretches and therapeutic exercises for you to do at home between Chiropractic visits. By addressing the problem early, the likelyhood of your neck pain becoming a chronic condition is decreased drastically. So if you think you have suffered a whiplash incident, don’t wait to come in for treatment.
Sara Johnson DC
Elixia Wellness Group 503-232-5653