Def. - Neck pain or discomfort that is caused by a sudden distortion of the neck.
Car accidents, especially rear end fender benders, often result in a condition called Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration, more commonly referred to as “whiplash.”
But accidents aren’t the only unplanned event that can cause this pain. Any activity that quickly forces the head and neck out of its normal range of motion is likely to result, at best, in soreness, even excruciating pain and possible immobility. Overly enthusiastic concertgoers, athletes, even just being roughly bumped in a crowd can lead to this truly difficult to cope with pain.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Usually the symptoms of whiplash will appear within 24 hours of your injury. The most common signs include:
- Neck Stiffness/Pain
- Headaches Near The base of the skull
- Blurred Vision
Severe cases whiplash may result in:
- Loss of Memory
- Ringing In The Ears
- Disturbed Sleep Patterns
- Trouble Concentrating
It’s imperative that you seek treatment if pain spreads to your shoulders or arms, it becomes impossible to move your head, or you experience numbness in the extremities
Treatments For Whiplash
Chiropractors have traditionally been very successful in helping alleviate the immediate discomfort while treating the patient non-surgically. Here are some of the more common techniques and treatments utilized.
- X-Rays - Images may be taken of your neck and spine to ensure there is no broken bones or other more serious issues. Learn more
- Physical Evaluation – Your chiropractic will perform a thorough examination of your neck and upper cervical area. Expect to answer several questions regarding the accident as well as past medical history. Learn more
- Spinal Adjustments – These traditional chiropractic treatments involve a slow, mobilizing movement or thrust that realigns misplaced vertebrae. Learn more
- Activator Technique – Similar to spinal manipulation, however this treatment involves the use of a hand held device to perform the adjustment.
- McKenzie Exercises – Very specific exercises designed to diminish disc derangement. These movements are initially performed by your chiropractor but can also be taught in order for you to perform the exercise at home during periods of pain.
- Massage Therapy – Based on the severity of your pain, a variety of massage techniques may be implemented to help loosen tight muscles and reduce stress and discomfort. Learn more
- Muscle Relaxation – This treatment involves your physician gently stretching the targeted area meant to result in the afflicted muscles to loosen, gradually alleviating the discomfort.
Our philosophy at Integra Medical Center is to not simply treat your symptoms such as pain or swelling, but to first evaluate the root cause or causes of whatever condition requires treatment.
If you have specific questions about treatment options for whiplash that aren’t answered, please Ask the Doctor by completing the form to the right. A member of our staff will contact you as soon as possible.