Whiplash is a traumatic injury affecting the neck. A whiplash injury occurs when the force of a rear impact accident abruptly whips the neck backwards and forwards beyond its normal range of motion. This jerking movement damages the discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerve roots in the neck. The resulting symptoms – stiffness, soreness, neck pain and headaches – can have a serious impact on an individual’s quality of life. While pain management medication can help numb this pain, once the drugs ear off, the pain will return.
Learn How Chiropractic Care Treats Whiplash Injuries
Our chiropractic care team – Dr. Collins, Dr. Byrtus and Dr. Menzies – have been helping patients safely manage whiplash injuries and pain for more than a decade. Chiropractic care works because this treatment targets the root cause for injury, alleviating pain at the source. Here are four things you need to know about the benefits of chiropractic care for whiplash pain management.
#1: You don’t need to be in a serious accident to suffer a whiplash injury.
Even the force of a “minor” fender bender can trigger a whiplash injury. This movement tears the ligaments that support, protect and restrict excessive movement of the vertebrae. Additionally, the muscles and tendons are also stretched beyond their normal limit.
#2: Whiplash symptoms are not limited to neck pain, soreness and stiffness.
Headaches at the base of the skull are common, as is experiencing dizziness, difficulty swallowing, nausea and blurred vision. You may experience vertigo as well as ringing in the ears and pain in the jaw. Chiropractic care can help address these symptoms.
#3: Chiropractic manipulation relieves neck pain.
Spinal manipulation and mobilization can help restore proper alignment to the spine, relieving nerve compression. Unlike medication that “covers up” pain, adjustments address the root cause for neck pain: the spinal misalignment. Together with complementary physiotherapy treatments, alignments are an important part of pain relief and since chiropractic treats the underlying cause, relief of your other symptoms as well.
#4: Physiotherapy reduces muscle spasms.
Our chiropractors may recommend physical therapy modalities like ultrasound and electrical stimulation to provide immediate relief.