Whiplash Treatment with Chiropractic and Active Release (ART)
Over 40% of people with chronic neck pain can attribute it to a car crash. But whiplash can also result from falls, accidents, playing contact sports, and even riding a roller coaster. In fact, any sudden movement of the head and neck beyond its normal range of motion can cause this type of injury.
If you've suffered a whiplash injury, it is important to see a Chiropractor or other health care provider who specializes in that type of injury as soon as possible. The longer it goes untreated the greater the risk of future complications, including chronic pain, headaches and early onset of arthritis.
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What Causes a Whiplash Injury?
When one vehicle strikes another one, there is a great deal of force transferred from the striking vehicle (bullet car) to the car being struck. Some of that energy is absorbed by the vehicle, but a significant amount may be transferred to and absorbed by the occupants. This force can cause the neck to whip back and forth violently, causing injury to the muscles, joints, ligaments and nerves of the neck and back.
These same forces can result when two bodies collide with each other (contact sports), or when a body collides with an another object such as the ground during a fall. Regardless of the cause, whiplash injuries tend to respond very well to conservative treatment like Chiropractic and Active Release Technique.
What Are The Symptoms of a Whiplash Injury?
The most common symptoms of whiplash are pain and stiffness in the neck and upper back, and headaches. There may be pain and stiffness in the shoulders, middle and lower back, or numbness and tingling in the extremities. Less common symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, a feeling of foggy-headedness, irritability, low energy and poor sleep.
It's important to note that whiplash symptoms may have a delayed onset. This means that while some people may feel pain immediately after an accident, others may not feel any symptoms for hours or even days. However, this doesn't mean that the injury is any less severe.
Factors Affecting The Severity of a Whiplash Injury
The most important factor influencing a whiplash injury is awareness. When you see an impact coming, or know you're going to be hit, you have a chance to tense up your muscles and really protect yourself. Contrary to popular belief, being relaxed and unaware is the last thing you want to be. Just ask any quarterback who has ever been blind-sided by a hit.
Other factors that can make for a worse injury include being hit by a vehicle larger than yours (or hit by a larger individual in contact sports), being hit from behind, or having your head turned at the time of impact.
Effective Treatment with Chiropractic and Active Release Technique (ART)
The first and most important step in effectively treating whiplash is a thorough evaluation of the injury. Dr. McGahey uses a tool called Video Fluoroscopy motion x-ray to evaluate the joints and soft tissues of the neck and back. This provides important information that can't be appreciated with regular x-rays, and can help guide treatment to the right area.
Chiropractic adjustments can then help return normal motion to the joints of the spine. Active Release can break up scar tissue in the affected area, allowing the injured joints, muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues to heal properly.
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Treatment can make the greatest impact in the first few days or weeks following an injury, before scar tissue can build up and take hold. So get checked out as soon as possible. It not treated properly, whiplash can lead to chronic pain, headaches, and even early onset of arthritis. Even low speed collisions can cause significant injury, so don't ignore your symptoms.
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Dr. McGahey has been helping people with whiplash injuries get out of pain since 1998. Auto accident treatment is generally covered at 100%, and you don't need a referral from your doctor. Just call or click today to schedule an appointment or free consultation.
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