Whiplash refers to injuries involving sudden distortion or hyperextension of the neck. In most situations, whiplash injuries occur as a result of automobile accidents, and usually after being rear-ended. Chiropractic treatment for whiplash can help.
While the dangers of high-speed collisions are understood, most whiplash injuries come as a result of low-speed collisions. Studies have shown that collisions at speeds of six miles per hour can create spinal injuries with the potential for long-term damage if left untreated.
Whiplash injuries affect joints, ligaments and muscles of neck and spine. The muscles and ligaments become injured when forcibly stretched beyond normal physiological range.
The injuries to the neck muscles and ligaments can develop into scar tissue if they remain untreated. This scar tissue can impact joints between vertebrae, causing them to lose their full range of motion. If left unattended, this lack of movement within the joints can also contribute to long-term health issues.
Pangea provides chiropractic treatment for whiplash
If you have recently been in an automobile accident or developed an injury that also restricts your range of neck motion, you may want to visit Pangea Chiropractic for an evaluation.
Chiropractors evaluate posture, spinal alignment, and function. These details serve to help the chiropractor understand your body’s unique dynamics and support the diagnosis process.
While providing treatment, chiropractors may address the injury in a few ways. In the early stages, while the injury is acute, treatment works to reduce inflammation. Treatment could be as simple as an ice pack coupled with ultrasound, gentle stretching or manual therapy techniques.
After the initial inflammation and pain have subsided, your chiropractor may then begin treatment with spinal manipulation. The adjustments performed use a variety of gentle manipulative techniques, which assist the spine in correcting itself. These adjustments can help reverse the degenerative process by improving nerve function to the affected muscles and joints.
The exact type of therapy used depends on the individual and their needs. Other techniques incorporated may include the use of muscle stimulation and relaxation as well as stabilization/sensorimotor activities, known as McKenzie exercises.
Don’t suffer from chronic pain, contact Pangea Chiropractic
Whiplash injuries affect more than 1 million people each year. Don’t let a treatable injury become a chronic one. Joint degeneration can lead to a lifetime of stiffness, soreness and reduced range of motion. Chiropractic treatment for whiplash can change that. If you’re suffering from pain related to an auto accident, contact Pangea Chiropractic for a checkup. You don’t deserve to be in pain, and Pangea can help.