Can Chiropractic Be Used To Treat Whiplash?
Whiplash refers to an event that causes a sudden and extreme movement or hyperextension to the neck. Typically, we usually think about whiplash as the result of a car accident. In particular, it usually happens when someone is rear-ended. Fortunately, whiplash can be effectively treated with chiropractic care.
How Does Whiplash Occur?
While it may seem pretty obvious that high speed collisions can certainly contribute to whiplash, a lot of whiplash cases can actually be the result of low speed impact. According to studies, even collisions that occur at speeds as low as six miles per hour can cause injury to the spine if left untreated.
Not only is the spine injured in a whiplash case, the joints, ligaments and muscles can be affected as well. Muscles and ligaments are injured when they are suddenly stretched beyond the range of their physical capabilities.
As a result, when injuries to the ligaments and muscles in the neck are left untreated, they can develop into scar tissue. Unfortunately, this scar tissue can hinder mobility in the neck and ultimately cause long term health problems.
While we often think of whiplash as the result of a car accident, whiplash can also occur from sports injuries, amusement park rides or falls. Symptoms of whiplash can come in many forms, including:
- Blurry vision
- Unusual fatigue and tiredness
- Stiffness in the neck
- Neck pain
- Concentration problems
Florida Chiropractor Provides Treatment For Whiplash Injuries
If you have recently been in a car accident and are experiencing neck pain and range of motion problems, you may want to visit Florida Chiropractor for an evaluation.
When it comes to whiplash, our team may approach an injury in multiple ways. as long as treatment can begin early, our first goal will be to reduce inflammation as much as possible. This may consist of ice pack treatments along with gentle stretches and ultrasound techniques.
Once the inflammation has been reduced, your St. Petersburg Chiropractor may begin manual manipulation of the spine. We use specialized adjustment techniques that are designed to help the spine correct itself. The adjustment techniques used can also ward off any potential injuries to the nerves.
There Is No Need To Suffer From Whiplash Injuries
Whiplash affects over 2 million Americans each year. Fortunately, it is also a very treatable condition. Chiropractic care can help. If you are suffering from neck pain due to an automobile collision or other type of accident, call Florida Chiropractor (727) 345-4242 or text us at (727) 648-5459 to schedule an appointment. You may also contact us on our website here.