Whiplash is a common injury that occurs in automobile accidents, particularly when a car is rear-ended. This impact causes a person’s head to jerk forward and backward quickly, putting a considerable amount of strain on the vertebrae and muscles in the neck and upper back. Whiplash was first diagnosed in people who used early forms of train transport due to the chugging forward and backward motion. This leads to misalignment and muscle spasms that result in a significant amount of pain and limited mobility.
Following a car accident, it’s important to seek medical assessment immediately and begin treatment for whiplash even if symptoms have not yet developed. In some cases, whiplash symptoms don’t develop for up to 24-48 hours following an accident.
Why is it important to have early treatment for whiplash?
Whiplash treatment contributes to $43 billion in accident-related medical costs each year. As with almost all medical conditions, the earlier treatment begins, the more likely it is to be effective. Since nearly 10% of whiplash patients end up with some form of disability, it’s in the patient’s best interest to have assessment and treatment as early as possible to begin the healing process, reduce the amount of pain, and avoid excessive medical bills and long-term issues. Additionally, with prompt treatment, patients are able to get back to normal activities more quickly and avoid missing time at work or social activities.
How is whiplash treated by the doctors at Full of Life Chiropractic?
The doctors at Full of Life Chiropractic specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of whiplash. With expert manual exams and X-ray motion studies, they diagnose any misalignment caused by whiplash before a patient even begins to experience symptoms. Then, the doctors apply chiropractic adjustments, massage, and suggest rehabilitative stretches and exercises to begin the healing process. Patients not only experience significantly less pain, but take the steps to protect their total body health. The pain, mobility issues, and potential disability associated with whiplash can have lasting negative effects on a patient’s overall well-being. Patients are known to develop depression and other physical conditions, including weight gain and misalignment in other parts of the body following untreated whiplash.