Whiplash Injuries and Chiropractic

Whiplash injury and Chiropractic care is most often the result of a vehicle accident. More specifically, whiplash is caused by the sudden yanking motion of the head backwards, forwards or to the side (as will occur during a collision), but it can also be the result of a sports injury. Unfortunately, whiplash almost always results in a soft tissue injury that does not show up on x-rays, making them difficult to document.

The newer imaging devices such as CT scans, MRI and ultrasound machines can now more clearly document soft tissue damage so that they can be covered in insurance claims.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Some of the common symptoms of whiplash injury include neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, back pain, dizziness, nausea, vertigo, numbness and tingling.

Chiropractic care is the natural choice for whiplash injury. Chiropractors use a holistic, non-invasive approach to find the best course of action to relieve your pain, facilitate the healing of your injuries and restore your range of motion. The main focus of their work is the spine, the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors believe that all of the systems of the body and mind are connected, and an imbalance in one part of the body can be the cause of problems elsewhere in the body.

What should I expect when I visit a Chiropractor?

When you visit a Chiropractor for the first time, they will ask you a series of questions about your lifestyle, your diet, how much sleep you are getting, how much you exercise and how much stress you are dealing with. All of this information will help the doctor learn more about you and come up with an appropriate treatment program for you.

Your Chiropractor has several whiplash treatment options for you that will help to ease your pain, restore your range of motion, and allow the soft tissue damage to heal itself over time. They will examine you and decide which approaches to take. They may do a spinal manipulation that will begin to bring your spine back into proper alignment.

What does Chiropractic care consist of?

A Chiropractor may also use other techniques such as massage, ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, or cold laser therapy, which increase blood supply and stimulate the body’s healing response. Spinal decompression therapy is another option when there is compression in the spine; this device gently and precisely separates the vertebrae, allowing oxygen and nutrients to rush into the space and begin healing the spine.

You will most likely be scheduled for a series of visits so that the doctor can restore proper alignment of your spine as your injury heals. Your doctor may also give you some exercises that you can do at home to help continue the healing process and retain the mobility in the injured area.

With all of these various healing modalities, the Chiropractor’s aim is to restore your mobility and function so that you can live a pain-free, active lifestyle. Depending on the previous state of health and physical condition of the patient, recovery from whiplash injury can take weeks or months.