Whiplash is one of the most common injuries suffered in an auto accident. It’s caused by a hyperextension of the neck when an abrupt collision forces it backward and forward. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioids are commonly prescribed for whiplash treatment. Still, these medications are as renowned for their side effects and addictiveness as much as they are for pain relief!
Chiropractic treatment is a safer and more effective alternative. Do you live in or around Elmhurst, Illinois, and have recently been involved in an auto accident? You can find comprehensive whiplash treatment without NSAIDs or opioids from the Auto Accident Pain Relief Center of Illinois. An injury due to a hyperextension of the neck can be severe and lead to long-term health effects. Proper healing requires treatments that focus on relieving pressure on the affected muscles and ligaments – exactly what chiropractic techniques focus on. Learn more about this common injury and why your whiplash treatment is best served by chiropractic means in this article.
What Is Whiplash And Its Symptoms?
Hyperextension of the neck is more commonly known as whiplash because of the motion similar to a whip. A collision (typically from being rear-ended) can cause the head to whip forward and backward abruptly in an auto accident. With this kind of trauma, injury is likely to occur to the cervical muscles and the intervertebral ligaments, discs, and joints.
The first symptom that you will feel immediately with whiplash is neck pain. Other symptoms could also appear shortly, or they might manifest days, weeks, or months after. Some of the most common include:
Stiffness in the neck
Pain or tenderness when the neck is moved or touched
Headaches or migraines
Dizziness or confusion
The neck loses range of motion (cannot be moved as much as before)
Pain caused by muscular irritation
Pain in the shoulders
Burning or tingling sensations
For some people, hyperextension of the neck and its symptoms go away in days or weeks. For others, symptoms may persist for several months. Whiplash can also aggravate pre-existing conditions like headaches and migraines, making them more frequent or intense.
When To Seek Chiropractic Help and Worse Symptoms To Watch For
Any time you experience the symptoms listed above following an auto accident is the time to see a doctor. Some worse symptoms that can hint at further danger include:
Walking or movement is characterized by incoordination.
Your extremities such as hands, fingers, feet, or toes feel numb
You have pain in the neck, back, arms, shoulders, legs or feet
Headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, blurred vision
Any or all of these symptoms could indicate that there has been damage to your spinal cord.
Seeking chiropractic help can help to alleviate pain. Chiropractic whiplash treatment will also give your body the best chance to recover faster and more effectively. At the Auto Accident Pain Relief Center of Illinois, whiplash treatment does not involve NSAIDs, opioids, or surgery.
Whiplash Treatment and Rehabilitation
Every individual and their body will react differently to whiplash. Symptoms will present themselves in varying combinations and intensities. Therefore, a whiplash treatment program at our chiropractic center will be highly personalized. This information can give some generalities on what you could expect, but you will have to contact us for further details.
A comprehensive chiropractic exam will be administered to each client to assess their primary dysfunction(s). The patient’s past injury and medical history will be evaluated, and a chiropractor will begin trying to diagnose where and how the whiplash affects them.
Observation. Misalignment and abnormalities can be detected through observation of posture and the neck.
Touch. Your chiropractor can feel the neck for tightness and tender spots.
Range of motion. Your neck’s structural stability and mobility will be evaluated by seeing if you can rotate it normally.
During your initial exam, symptoms such as pain or tingling that travel into other body parts may indicate an irritated or pinched nerve. Your chiropractor will then perform further tests.
Your reflexes, muscle strength, and sensations could be evaluated to help devise a whiplash treatment program for you.
Chiropractic knowledge of nerves and cervical spinal segments can allow us to pinpoint the nature and severity of your injury by tracing weaknesses and abnormal sensations in your extremities. An extensive range of further tests may need to be performed, or your personalized whiplash treatment program could begin immeditely – there is no knowing before you come to our center.
Actual chiropractic whiplash treatment methods are also extensive. Spinal manipulation treats injured joints by gently pushing them in the direction that they are restricted. For injuries involving the muscles, muscle relaxation or stimulation techniques are employed with stretches, contractions, and/or trigger points to alleviate pain. McKenzie exercises are exercises that your chiropractor may teach you to be used at the center and in your home. These are designed specifically for disc derangements that happen because of whiplash.
Finally, you can count on being educated and advised on how to best recover in your home and working environment. These ergonomic treatments instruct you on minimizing the potential for increasing the severity of your injury due to strain. You will be asked questions about your activities and risk factors for aggravating your whiplash injuries and be given proper advice and instructions for self-care.
Snap Back To Your Old Self Again With Chiropractic Whiplash Treatment
We see a lot of whiplash patients at the Auto Accident Pain Relief Center of Illinois in Elmhurst. Our extensive knowledge and expertise in treating hyperextension of the neck without drugs or surgery give us confidence that your treatment will be a success! If you have been experiencing headaches, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, arm pain, leg pain, numbness and tingling in the hands or feet, dizziness, blurred vision or inability to perform the activities that you typically do without pain. If you are in the Chicagoland area including Elmhurst, Lombard, Villa Park, Stone Park, Westchester, Westmont, Melrose Park, Northlake, Bellwood, Berkeley or Bensenville, begin your fast and effective road to recovery with chiropractic care by contacting us today.