Whiplash is by far one of the most common injuries reported from car accidents. Whiplash occurs when an injury to the neck is sustained as a result of sudden movements of the head to the back, side or forward. This type of injury generally occurs when you are riding in a vehicle that collides with another solid object or is hit from behind. As the head is jerked suddenly beyond the normal limits, the ligaments and muscles that support the head and spine can become torn or over-stretched. As a result, the soft discs that are located between the bones of the spin can then rupture, tear or bulge. Vertebrae can also be forced from their natural positions, which can cause one’s range of motion to become reduced. In addition, the nerve roots and spinal cord may also become irritated and stretched. Even though the vehicle may have only sustained slight damage, the occupants in the car can still suffer from significant soft tissue injury.
The instability of the soft tissues and spine can cause a variety of symptoms including headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, pain in the shoulders, hands and arms as well as lower back pain. An individual with whiplash may also experience difficulty in turning and bending. Many car accident victims often think they are fine if they do not have any symptoms right away. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Symptoms may not be immediately apparent. Sometimes it can take weeks or even months for symptoms to appear as the body struggles to adapt to injuries sustained in a car accident.
Our chiropractic approach to such injuries involves using chiropractic adjustments that are specifically designed to assist in returning normal function of the spine. Following a comprehensive examination and case history, our doctor will provide recommendations for a series of visits to our office that will help to restore the proper position of the spine and restore motion. If injuries are detected early enough, it is possible to reduce inflammation as well as minimize scar tissue.
If you have experienced headaches and other aches and pains associated with an auto accident, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule a consultation with our doctor before you agree to surgery or pain medication that may be addictive. Oftentimes, it is entirely possible to avoid more invasive treatments when proper care is provided early on.
Far too often; however, many people do not seek treatment of their injuries until serious complications have developed. Surprisingly, even after victims of auto accidents have settled their claims with the insurance companies, as many as 50% continue to report that they are experiencing problems up to two years after the original accident. While such associated aches and pains can last for years following an auto accident if not properly treated, there is no need to suffer from a reduced quality of life.
At our office we will be happy to consult with you and discuss the options that may be available for treatment and explain how our natural and safe approach to chiropractic care can restore your spinal health. It is our goal to help you enjoy optimal health no matter how long ago your car accident might have been. Contact us today to discover how you can begin enjoying life pain-free once again.