When it comes to auto accidents, one of the most common injuries one will experience is whiplash. Finding the right treatment for whiplash can be challenging as each case is different. Certain spinal manipulations and stretching can lead to improvement, but many people find the stiffness and pain can last for weeks. During whiplash, there is a sudden flexion and extension of the neck. According to research, about two-thirds of people involved in an auto accident will develop signs and symptoms related to whiplash. In most cases, these developments can take 48 hours for the symptoms to fully develop. In addition to car accidents, whiplash is also experienced from sports injuries, falls, slips, work accidents, and more.
The most common issue with whiplash relates to pain and stiffness of the neck. Not only do patients feel pain in the neck, it is common for there to be shoulder pain, upper back pain, upper chest pain, and even arm pain. Headaches are another common symptom, while others can experience nausea, problems swallowing, blurred vision, and dizziness.
Neck adjustment is one of the common treatment methods used for neck pain related to whiplash. A neck adjustment will target pain by improving the mobility of the spine, thereby increasing range of motion. The goal of the adjustment is focused on the treatment of stiffness and soreness, which will help in decreasing pain.
Speeding up the healing process will depend on the results we are seeing with patients. Some patients respond well to massage therapy and rehabilitative exercises. Other patients may need to consider additional treatments based on the severity of the injury.
Of course the best outcomes will involve the patients participation in the healing process. At-home stretching and movements are part of the overall treatment plan. Patient involvement in the program will have the best outcomes coupled with our doctor’s treatment program. If you are suffering from a whiplash injury, contact Grant Chiropractic today for an evaluation.