What is Whiplash?
A sudden forced movement of the head or neck in any direction and the resulting “rebound” in the opposite direction is known as whiplash. The sudden “whipping” motion injures the surrounding and supporting tissues of the neck and head. Muscles react by tightening and contracting, creating muscle fatigue, which can result in pain and stiffness. Severe whiplash can also be associated with injury to the joint, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerve roots. Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash. We can provide whiplash treatment for you.
What Can Chiropractic Do?
Chiropractic techniques and chiropractors’ skills are particularly well-suited to relieving the neck pain and other debilitation of whiplash because they can:
- Restore movement lost after the accident
- Speed recovery, and
- Diminish chronic symptoms that can persist or recur over many years.
Repeated and effective chiropractic adjustments have proved successful for many thousands of patients. Chiropractic can, in many cases, significantly reduce your distress and allow you to return to your normal activities.
Commonly Asked Questions
“I’m just a little stiff and sore, I’ll be all right, won’t I?”
Not necessarily. You may be seriously injured. Injuries can happen in as little s one tenth of a second. Ligaments and muscles can be torn instantly with little immediate pain. The only way to know the full extent of the damages is to consult a specialist in whiplash injuries. Delay can only make the injury worse and prolong recovery time.
“Maybe the injury will just heal on its own.”
Contrary to popular myth, whiplash injuries do not heal by themselves, regardless of how long you wait. If you are injured, the pain may never go away without proper treatment, and delay in treatment may result in permanent damage.
“Shouldn’t I wait and see my medical doctor first?”
No. Chiropractors are the recognized leaders in caring for automobile (whiplash) injuries.