What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is caused by a sudden movement of the head, either backward, forward, or sideways, that results in the damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back.
Some people are more prone to having whiplash after an accident. Risk factors identified through research include:
- Being hit from behind by another car
- Being hit when your car is stopped
- Having a history of neck pain
- Being a woman
- Being younger
Unfortunately, by the time more serious complications develop, some of the damage from the injury may have become permanent, so don’t delay and seek treatment right away.
Should you see a chiropractor for Whiplash treatment?
Because symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to manifest, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that you are not as injured as you really are. Too often people don’t seek treatment following a car accident because they don’t feel hurt. By far, the most common injury to the neck is a whiplash injury.
Numerous studies have shown that years after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, roughly half of them state that they still suffer from symptoms from their injuries. If you have been in a motor vehicle or any other kind of accident, don’t assume that you escaped injury if you are not currently in pain.
In fact, if you are involved in a car accident, you should seek help from an experienced chiropractor.
What are the symptoms of Whiplash?
If you’ve been in an auto accident and are experiencing any of the following, you should schedule an appointment with a chiropractor:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck or shoulders
- Upper or lower back pain
- Severe headaches
- Decreased range of motion
- Jaw pain
- Arm pain and weakness
- Visual disturbances
- Ringing in the ears
What happens during my Free Consultation for Whiplash treatment?
When you meet with Dr. Cain after being involved in a car crash, he’ll ask you about your medical history and complete a thorough exam. Among other treatment options, he may recommend a gentle cervical spine manipulation to realign your vertebrae. This reduces nerve compression, releases tight muscles, restores your range of motion, and promotes long-lasting pain relief.
If you’ve been in an auto accident, don’t put your body and health at risk. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Cain today. The faster you seek treatment, the faster you can begin the recovery process.