Have you been in a car accident? Are you suffering from whiplash?
What is a whiplash injury? In a typical rear end collision, a force is causing your neck to move beyond its natural range of motion, which is causing ligaments to be stretched or torn. Many times, the discs between your vertebrae can also be torn, as well as the muscles associated.
The low back is also affected during a rear end collision, as it shifts forward, causing possible injury to the disc material in between the vertebrae.
Most people don’t realize that even after a minor accident, you may have sustained soft tissue injuries. Some common symptoms of whiplash are neck pain, low back pain, stiffness in the shoulders, headache, shoulder pain, arm pain, muscle weakness, sciatica or nausea. Often times after a whiplash injury, pain does not come right after the accident. It can take 3-7 days before signs and symptoms start.
It is crucial to receive chiropractic evaluation and treatment immediately after the car accident. If these injuries go untreated, you can experience future pain and loss of range of motion, affecting your normal daily routine and health.
What to expect on your first visit:
- A Chiropractic Physician with extensive knowledge on the biomechanics and treatment of whiplash injuries.
- A thorough examination, including x-rays to visualize the spine, to assess injuries sustained.
- Chiropractic modalities used to reduce inflammation and speed the healing process.
- Traction techniques to aid in the healing of the injured disc