Whiplash Symptoms, Treatments, and How We Can Help
Whiplash is a common condition in auto accident injuries but can also occur from fast-moving sports or a high fall. In all these cases, whiplash is a condition caused by forces violently whipping the head back and forth. The reason why trauma from whiplash is so painful is that the soft tissue around the neck gets the most impact. More than one direction change can happen in an accident causing what is known as a whiplash effect of a back and forth damaging motion. However, the damage from whiplash may be minor and go unnoticed, eventually leading to health complications later in life. If you have been in an auto accident, we at Secrest Family Chiropractic are here to help assess the damage and find the treatment that works for you.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Aside from neck pain being an obvious symptom of whiplash, you may also experience difficulty moving your neck or a general numbness, tingling, or weakness in the neck. People will often experience headaches or migraines from whiplash. A subtle symptom of whiplash is a change in mood. If you find yourself to be irritable or depressed post-accident, it may be caused by the nerves in your neck having a negative effect on your health. Whiplash can also lead to you developing tinnitus, memory problems, or difficulty concentrating.
Chiropractic treatment for whiplash starts with a physical examination. The first thing that our team will do is examine the spine and the neck to determine the exact location of the injury. After the location is determined and the injury is diagnosed, the patient is offered a personalized treatment plan. A typical whiplash treatment plan includes the following procedures and chiropractic techniques:
Muscle stimulation and relaxation – With the help of finger techniques and gentle stretches, a chiropractic specialist reduces muscle tension and provides pain relief.
Spinal adjustments – Hands-on manipulation is used to realign neck joints back into proper placement.
Instrument-assisted therapy – Our team may use different instruments for treating affected soft tissues.
Specific trigger point therapy – The purpose of this chiropractic technique is to stimulate the nervous system to reinstate proper spine motion.
Contact Us for Help in Scottsdale
If you have sustained an injury caused by an accident and you are still experiencing pain or discomfort, it is time to see a specialist. At Secrest Family Chiropractic, our team of professionals provides a range of chiropractic services to patients in Scottsdale. Contact us today at 480-994-4411 to find out how we can help you get back to living pain-free.