With a delayed onset, whiplash may not seem very severe. But it can manifest itself in a number of ways. It can create low back pain, neck pain, dizziness, headaches, upper back and shoulder pain, fatigue, and cognitive problems. Although many whiplash injuries can heal within a couple of months, more than 20% of whiplash victims continue to suffer with some level of disability or pain for many years after. Chiropractic care can help restore the normal movement and position of the spinal vertebrae using manual manipulation of the spine. This treatment is most effective because it can minimize the long term pain and symptoms of these common whiplash injuries. If you’ve been in a car accident or suffered from a whiplash injury, the safest bet is to call a Chiropractor today!
What a lot of people don’t realize is that it can take multiple days (usually around two or three) before any whiplash symptoms occur. Common whiplash symptoms include headaches, neck pain, and loss of motion. The reason it can take a few days to feel the symptoms is because it can take time for the inflammation from the tiny tears in the injured ligaments and muscles to build up and further aggravate you. When the delicate ligaments that support your neck are wounded, the muscles react by tightening to guard the injured area. This protects the damaged area from further injury.
A few weeks following this injury, the distressed tissue releases chemicals that attach little cells to the wounded area, called Fibroblasts. They build up, creating a scar-like material called fibrin. Fibrin then helps mend and re-build the injury. During these few weeks of repair, it is extremely important to maintain normal ranges of motion, as well as spinal alignment. If this is not done properly, the scar tissue will end up limiting the future mobility of the injured area. This can lead to spinal degeneration.
The good news is that by preforming precise, detailed chiropractic adjustments along with treating the injury with therapy and different exercises, your body will have a much better chance of rebuilding properly. This means less chronic pain, stiffness, disc degeneration, and pinched nerves. Chiropractic Care can help alleviate your pain and rebuild your spinal structures. These treatment options also severely reduce future injuries from occurring. So if you have whiplash, or have recently been in a motor vehicle accident, schedule an examination with a ($$LOCATION$$) chiropractor today!