Whiplash (also called neck sprain or strain) is caused by a jerking motion of the head which often occurs as the result of a car accident or even a fall. Symptoms may include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, TMJ dysfunction, pain and soreness in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades, decreased mobility, and more.
Symptoms may take up to 24-48 hours after the initial trauma to appear, so it is important to get examined by a doctor as soon as possible after an accident or event that may have caused trauma to the neck and head. Medicine alone may provide pain relief and relax the muscles yet will not actively heal the damaged soft tissues.
Chiropractic care provides a healthy solution to this problem by:
Although pain medications are sometimes necessary (and your chiropractic doctor can co-manage your case with your primary care provider if needed), the combination of chiropractic care, active soft tissue therapy, and rehabilitative exercises offers a natural, effective, and lasting means of treating your injuries.
Remember, it is crucial to be examined as soon as possible after any accident or trauma, even if you aren’t feeling any symptoms yet. Contact us today, to schedule an appointment, so we can get you on the path to healing and experiencing your optimal level of health and wellness.