Are you feeling those aches and pains in your neck that feel like more than normal stiffness?
Does your body feel as though something just isn’t right?
If you’ve recently been in an accident, it’s possible that something isn’t right – you might be experiencing whiplash.
How to Tell If It’s Whiplash (or If You Just Slept Funny)
Whiplash is an injury that occurs if your neck is moved back and forth quickly and forcefully like your spine is a whip.
According to the Mayo Clinic, this injury is characterized by:
- Neck pain and/or stiffness
- Pain that gets worse when you move
- Headaches starting at the bottom of your skull
- Tenderness in your upper body
In some cases, people also experience blurry vision, difficulty sleeping, irritability, and ringing in their ears.
In most cases, experiencing just one of these symptoms is a sign of tiredness or stress.
However, if you experience several of these symptoms and they set in within 24 hours after any kind of traumatic injury, it could be whiplash.
Why You Should Get It Checked Out
It’s tempting to look at neck pain as just another part of life, but you should be proactive about your neck pain, especially if it may be the result of an injury.
Neck pain like this can sometimes be confused with fractures and tissue damage, which may be making symptoms worse. It’s critical to diagnose these issues and treat them properly to help prevent your neck pain from becoming a chronic issue.
Chronic neck pain from trauma may eventually turn into severe neck pain, impossible headaches, and pain radiating down your arm.
How Chiropractic Can Help
If you’ve experienced a traumatic injury, you should always go to urgent care, the emergency room, or a physician to be checked for broken bones, damaged organs, or torn tissues.
But if you’re still experiencing neck pain after you’ve been to the doctor, visit your chiropractor.
After a full examination, chiropractors are able to diagnose this condition or any other muscular-skeletal issues you’re suffering to help relieve the pain.
Here are some of the most common treatments:
- Spinal manipulations
- Carefully and gently treat discs to relieve arm and neck pain as well as any issues that the injury may have aggravated
- Therapeutic massage
- Relieves muscle tension in the neck
- Increases blood circulation to stop muscle spasms and improve pain and stiffness
- Interferential electrical stimulation
- Reduces inflammation by stimulating muscles
Chiropractic treatments are designed to not simply relieve pain but target the direct cause of the pain – and they work.
In a study published in Injury, scientists studied 28 patients with chronic whiplash. The patients were assessed before and after chiropractic treatment. They found that 93% of the patients improved after treatment from a chiropractor
Don’t Live with Neck Pain for Another Day
Neck pain doesn’t need to be something you live with. A chiropractor can help relieve neck pain regardless of where it comes from.
Still not sure? Take a look at a few testimonials from our patients to see how chiropractic care has helped people just like you.
Make an appointment today with one of our chiropractors to learn how they can best treat a whiplash injury.