Whiplash is an acceleration – deceleration type forced movement to the neck. It may result from rear end or side – impact motor vehicle collisions, but can also occur during diving, falls, sports collisions or other accidents. The impact may result in bony or soft tissue injuries (whiplash injury) and multiple different whiplash associated disorders can manifest post injury.
When the body suffers a whiplash injury it affects a multitude of areas. Neck muscles are affected, as well as the spine itself and the ligaments that connect the vertebrae. Whiplash can also cause stretched nerves.
The brain is also commonly affected in whiplash associated injuries. Even if the head doesn’t come into contact with any objects, traumatic brain injuries can still occur from the rapid force.
Common problems seen in whiplash associated disorders include:
- Neck Pain
- Neck Stiffness
- Memory, attention, or concentration impairment
- Dizziness or Vertigo
- Shoulder Pain
- Muscle Weakness in the neck or upper extremity
- Changes in vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Numbness or tingling in the upper extremity
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Sleep disturbances
What are the best treatments options for whiplash?
First it’s important to rule out life threatening injuries. Once these are ruled out and you are on your way to recovery, what treatment options work best? Past treatments focused on rest and cervical collar mobilization, but studies suggest that keeping your body moving will improve your results. Here is where chiropractic care can help. Many components of chiropractic care can reduce pain and improve symptoms of whiplash associated disorders.
Some of the best treatment options for whiplash include:
- Corrective Exercises- active range of motion exercises and strengthening can improve mobility and function.
- Chiropractic Adjustments- a chiropractor can adjust the spine to improve mobility and nervous system function.
- Massage Therapy- manual manipulation of the soft tissues increases mobility, decreases pain, reduces tensions and reduces stress.
- Therapeutic Modalities- modalities such as heat, ice, ultrasound and electrical stimulation can decrease pain and improve mobility.
Contact Silver Chiropractic and Wellness today to get started with some of the best treatment options for whiplash today.