Although most commonly associated with auto accidents, whiplash can refer to any cervical spine strain or sprain. When it comes to whiplash, the damage can exist in the intervertebral joints, discs, cervical muscles and ligaments.
Causes of Whiplash
This condition is caused when an individual suddenly jerks their head backward or forwards. In most cases that we see, this is a result of a car accident when the car was hit from behind.
Symptoms Of Whiplash
This condition is quite unique in that the symptoms will not be present right away. In fact, it can take up to 24 hours before the patient notices anything different in how they feel. Some symptoms include, but not limited to, stiffness in the neck, headaches, shoulder pain, dizziness, inability to sleep, fatigue, and even numbness of the arm.
In the event that you have recently been involved in a car accident and have recognized any of the symptoms, it’s critical that you visit a professional immediately.
Given that whiplash impacts soft tissue in the human body, simple X-rays cannot be used for diagnostic purposes. Only special exams, like an MRI or CAT scan, can be used for an accurate diagnosis. Patients who are experiencing symptoms should expect their doctor to ask questions regarding the pain, symptoms, location of the discomfort, and the trauma that caused the potential whiplash.
Again, if you recently have been in a car accident or a traumatic injury – it’s vital to get treated as soon as you can, even if the signs have not shown yet. Additionally, it’s important to know that those who have experienced whiplash may be exposed to the risk of arthritis if they do not take the proper methods to recuperate.
Since the symptoms of whiplash may not be present right away, patients typically don’t seek treatment right away. However, there are a few different things that you can to do to prevent or reduce the severity of the symptoms. By visiting Botti Chiropractic & Wellness, we can work together to create a custom rehabilitation plan to help reduce and eliminate any potential pain and the risk of anything from happening in the future.
A custom rehabilitation plan all starts with a full physical exam – which is how we can target and identify any problems. At this stage, we will use chiropractic techniques, like rehabilitation, exercise, chiropractic medicine, and massage therapy to treat the condition. Our primary goal is to help rid any obstacles that are preventing your body from naturally healing.
Often, we find patients that are given different types of medications, like muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatories. However, the pain returns in the future. What many people do not realize is that those types of medications are only treating the symptoms and not curing the problem. At Botti Chiropractic & Wellness, we are dedicated to providing only the highest quality of care. For anyone that has recently been involved in a car accident, give us a call today. Share with us your symptoms and book an appointment to see whether or not whiplash is present or not.
If you have been involved in an accident, it is a good idea to give us a call to book an appointment whether the whiplash symptoms are showing or not.
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