Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. This motion can injure bones in the spine, disks between the bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves and other tissues of the neck. Whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end auto accident, but the injury can also result from a sports accident, physical abuse or other trauma.
SOME OF THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF WHIPLASH:
- Neck pain and stiffness.
- Shoulder pain
- Visual problems
- Tinnitus - ringing in the ear
- Neurologic symptoms- mainly in the arms - numbness, tingling and pain
- Sleep disturbances
- Memory and concentration loss
Chiropractic treatment focuses on utilizing spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), or more commonly known as the chiropractic adjustment, to reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body in an effort to reduce inflammation and improve function of both the affected joint and nervous system. Our doctors may also utilize physical therapy, therapeutic modalities, taping and strapping, nutrition, joint supports, exercises and home therapy regimens to quicken recovery. Treatment is safe, non-invasive, and a non-addictive alternative to prescription medications or over-the-counter pain medications. By increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body has the ability to better manage symptoms caused by whiplash.
To see if chiropractic care is right for your condition, the highly trained doctors at Chiropractic Orthopedic Associates will perform a consultation, examination and if necessary, refer you out for diagnostic imaging such as x-ray or MRI. Based on the findings of our chiropractic exam and consultation, your doctor of chiropractic may elect to co-treat your low back pain with other healthcare professionals. We work with a network of healthcare providers that specialize in pain management, orthopedics, neurology, internal medicine, physiatry, neurosurgery and more.