Whiplash; even the word itself sounds harsh. Whiplash is the term used to describe when your neck is subjected to any instantaneous back-and-forth movement. Whiplash is mainly associated with car accidents, but can happen from other types of accidents or injuries as well. The symptoms of whiplash can occur immediately, but sometimes won't appear for a few days or even weeks later. Visiting a chiropractor right away may help prevent any long-term symptoms.
As mentioned before, whiplash symptoms can become apparent immediately after an accident, or take some time to become noticeable. Symptoms of whiplash can include, but aren’t limited to, pain and stiffness in the neck, a decreased range of motion, dizziness or even headaches. A whiplash injury can also radiate into the shoulders and arms, causing additional pain or tingling and numbness in those areas. Whiplash is typically considered a soft tissue injury, meaning the injury affects the ligaments, muscles, nerves and intervertebral disc . In some cases, whiplash can be violent enough to cause a bone in the spine to break, which is known as a fracture. Even if you can walk away seemingly unscathed after a traumatic event, you should be aware that pain can occur at a later point, so it’s a good idea to schedule an evaluation with a chiropractor or your primary care provider.
How does Chiropractic Treatment Help with Whiplash?
Seeking chiropractic treatment has been very successful in helping people who are suffering with whiplash; in fact, 93% of whiplash patients showed improvement with chiropractic treatment. Besides the short term symptoms listed above, whiplash can also lead to chronic problems, such as arthritis, migraines, and constant pain. Luckily, you have a BC + PT chiropractor here to help relieve your symptoms!
Chiropractic is a non-invasive treatment. In your first appointment, your doctor will talk you through an extensive exam to determine if chiropractic is the right fit for you. If so, a treatment plan will be tailored to you for your injuries. But of course, consistency is key, so be sure to attend all the appointments that your chiropractor recommends for you in your personalized treatment plan. After all, the goal is to help you!
Chiropractic Treatments for Whiplash
You and your BC + PT chiropractor will work together to coordinate the best treatment and schedule for you. Our chiropractors are trained in and may utilize ultrasound, electrical stimulation and adjustments for whiplash injuries. Other methods may include the use of heat or ice, massaging, or even ordering a supportive brace.
At BC + PT, we believe that each individual and their injury is unique. Experiencing whiplash can be scary and painful, but we’re here to work with you and help you start the healing process after your traumatic event. Chiropractic care has been proven to help improve injuries from whiplash. Whether your whiplash occurs due to a car accident, work accident, or any other reason, give us a call or fill out our contact form. Stop Waiting and Start Healing!