Whiplash from a car accident is one of the most common, and often overlooked injuries that can result following unnatural movement of the neck in a wreck. At Broward Spine and Joint Rehabilitation, a chiropractic care center in Coconut Creek we help patients ease their symptoms of whiplash with chiropractic treatment.
Whiplash can occur from the most innocent of fender benders to some pretty intense wrecks. The truth is, if your vehicle is hit from behind, you will likely experience some form of whiplash-related pain in the days following the accident.
Whiplash occurs when the neck and head are suddenly forced backward and then forward, putting the cervical spine through lightning-quick motions and extreme stresses. Medically, it’s known as cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD).
When you experience whiplash from a car accident or as a result of bungee jumping, a rough rollercoaster ride, football injuries, falls while skiing or during equestrian events, and other high-impact activities where extreme acceleration-deceleration forces might be applied to the cervical spine, the pain can feel intense, although the onset could be gradual meaning chiropractic care and physical therapy will be necessary.. Neck pain is the most common symptom of whiplash, while other symptoms that commonly present themselves include:
- Neck stiffness
- Reduced range of motion
- Neck instability
- Upper back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Tingling or numbness in the arm
Af Broward Spine and Joint Rehabilitation, where we provide the best and most helpful chiropractic care in Broward County to our patients – whiplash is no match for Dr. Harley!
According to this article in Spine-Health.com, “the primary whiplash treatment for joint dysfunction, spinal manipulation involves the chiropractor gently moving the involved joint into the direction in which it is restricted.” Muscle relaxation or stimulation is also common for the treatment of whiplash. “The chiropractor’s primary whiplash treatment for related muscle dysfunction, muscle relaxation and/or stimulation consist of gentle stretches to the muscle that has excessive tension or repeated contractions of the muscle that is inhibited.”
Of course, there are some at-home remedies for whiplash that you can explore in between chiropractic adjustments for whiplash injuries:
Ice to ease the pain, applying a cold pack for 15 minutes every 3-4 hours for 2-3 days. Remember to wrap your cold pack – we don’t want your skin to freeze!
After 2-3 days of ice, it’s time to apply heat to your whiplash pain. This can be done through warm towels, hot showers, and or massage with hot compresses.
As if you ever need a reason for a neck massage?
Visit Broward Spine and Joint Rehabilitation today for help with whiplash-associated pain. We’ve got your back!