Patients who visit our Family Chiropractic Wellness Center experience whiplash in a number of circumstances, most of which take them by surprise. Fortunately, our auto injury chiropractor in Beaumont offers a number of whiplash treatment options using only natural methods.
Overview of Whiplash
Our Beaumont chiropractor notes that whiplash is also called neck strain. While one frequent culprit is auto accidents, any blow or impact that forces the head to jerk backward or forward could cause whiplash. Many individuals in contact sports such as football face are at risk. The sudden force of a whiplash incident stretches then tears neck muscles and tendons.
The most common symptom associated with whiplash is neck pain, immediately or as long as a few days after the injury. Pain might occur when rocking the head forward, backward, or from one side to the other and when looking over a shoulder.
Additional symptoms of whiplash include:
- Decreased range of motion
- Neck tightness and muscles that feel hard
- Stiffness when moving the head to look over each shoulder
- Headaches starting at the base of the skill, then radiating toward the forehead
Whiplash Treatment from Our Chiropractor
Patients who experience a blow to the head should seek immediate whiplash treatment. One reason is the possibility of a concussion, a serious head injury. Emergency medical treatment is also necessary if a headache gets worse or persists, or the individual experiences weakness or has trouble talking. Other signs of an emergency are confusion, dizziness, excessive sleepiness, nausea, and unconsciousness.
Unfortunately, chronic neck pain is a common occurrence after a whiplash injury. Getting early chiropractic treatment provides the opportunity for aggressive therapy to prevent chronic pain.
Recovery time from whiplash varies according to the seriousness of an injury. After a physical exam and any necessary tests, our Beaumont chiropractor designs a treatment plan customized for each patient’s needs.
A spinal manipulation, also called a chiropractic adjustment, is a staple of treatment. For whiplash, a chiropractor is more likely to use a slow, mobilizing motion than a thrust. Muscle relaxation and/or stimulation treats muscle dysfunction. This includes gentle stretching of a muscle with excessive tension or repetitive contractions of one that has been inhibited.
With a particularly tight muscle, our chiropractor might apply more vigorous stretches. Applying gentle finger pressure to trigger points can relieve the pain linked to muscle tightness.
Our practice also recommends specific types of exercises for patients with whiplash injuries. We advise ways to perform daily activities that place minimal strain on the patient’s body. Treatment includes lifestyle advice to eliminate any activities likely to foster dysfunction resulting from a whiplash injury.
Don’t risk the potentially serious consequences of neck pain or other symptoms of whiplash. Call our Family Chiropractic Wellness Center today at 951-845-6456 to schedule a consultation with our auto injury chiropractor in Beaumont. Let us provide you with the comprehensive chiropractic care you deserve.