Whiplash Effects and Alternative Chiropractic Treatment
Whiplash is a common neck injury that happens during rear-end car collisions or high-impact activities and sports. This traumatic injury occurs when the head forcefully moves in a sharp backward motion and then forward, causing moderate to severe neck and shoulder pain.
According to Spine Health, the medical term for whiplash is cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) syndrome. During whiplash, the neck is “whipped back and forth,” causing immense strain on the neck and spine. It’s best to consult a doctor as soon as possible if you’ve been in a severe car collision and have difficulty moving or experience blurred vision.
Whiplash consists of soft tissue injuries of the cervical spine. This happens when tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissue are forcefully extended upon impact. This can lead to tear and strain, according to this article.
If you’ve experienced mild whiplash, here are some common recovery methods you might consider:
- Applying ice to the neck – May help soothe pain and any inflammation.
- Taking over the counter medicine – If you’re still in pain, purchase over-the-counter medicine like Tylenol, Advil, or Ibuprofen.
- A massage or a regular chiropractic alignment session may help relieve the tension and strain on your neck.
Short-term and long-term effects
Whiplash leads to short and long-term symptoms such as chronic neck pain, stiffness, dizziness, headaches, and back pain. Other symptoms include fatigue, ringing in the ears, limited neck movement, and difficulty sleeping.
Some of the short-term effects include neck strain or headaches that go away in a few weeks or months. The pain is not chronic and it either subsides or gradually wanes with the assistance of over-the-counter medication or chiropractic alignment.
Many patients that experience whiplash may experience chronic pain and other symptoms for months, or even years after an accident. Unfortunately, in these cases, whiplash can have long-term consequences for patients in patients that experience chronic neck and shoulder pain, migraines, headaches, and stiffness or sensitivity. Long-term pain sustained by whiplash can disrupt day-to-day activities and impact the quality of life for some individuals.
Aside from physical symptoms, the traumatic whiplash injury can also take a toll on an individual’s psychological state of mind.
How Chiropractic Treatment Can Alleviate Symptoms of Whiplash
Fortunately, there are treatments and ways to minimize and help alleviate the pain experienced from whiplash. If over-the-counter medication isn’t working and you’re looking for alternative or holistic healing methods, a chiropractic session might help.
Regular massages or chiropractic sessions can help lessen pain and strain from a whiplash incident. Chiropractors can also help gradually improve movement in patients.
If you have a stiff back or neck pain, our doctors at Flintridge Family Chiropractic can help go over your unique health needs and help you regain peace of mind again. From spinal decompression to spinal adjustment and other personalized care, we’re happy to help.
Visit Flintridge Family Chiropractic and we’ll discuss your treatment options and help you recover from neck, back, or shoulder pain. If you have just recently been in an accident and are experiencing excruciating whiplash pain, please consult with your primary physician first.