Just like with any injury, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all healing process for whiplash.
No two people are exactly alike; therefore, everybody heals differently and at different times.
The average recovery time for whiplash injuries is about 6 weeks. However, the healing process will vary from person to person based on the severity of the injury and personal characteristics such as age, mental health, and occupation.
People who are more severely injured from the accident will take longer to fully recover.
Although most people do recover in a 6-week time frame about 1/3rd of people still report having issues after a year. There are people who suffer from chronic pain or headaches for years following their accident, but its only about 3-5%.
If your pain continues after a year, the pain is considered chronic. This is due to the whiplash symptoms such as damaged neck joints, discs, and ligaments not being treated properly.
“Scientists believe that the cause of long-term whiplash symptoms is due to damage of nerves and that the cause of short-term pain may be minor injury to the muscles.”
So now you may be wondering…
IS THERE ANY WAY TO MAKE IT HEAL FASTER?
If you are suffering from whiplash, you know that you can’t do anything and expect it to heal all by itself!
If you want to give yourself the best opportunity to heal as quickly as possible you should go to the doctor.
You should see a Chiropractic doctor if you are suffering from any of the following symptoms:
- pain or stiffness in the neck that goes away and then returns
- pain, numbness, or tingling in your shoulders, arms, or legs
- issues with your bladder or bowels
- localized weakness in your arm or leg
At your appointment, the chiropractor will assess your injuries and create a customized healing plan just for you.
When it comes to whiplash, there are 4 main types of treatments that chiropractors use.
1.) Chiropractic Adjustments: the most common chiropractic treatment method that works for most injuries is a form of spinal manipulation that will gently move the joints in your spine back into alignment. This helps your body relieve pain and encourages natural healing.
2.) Massage Therapy: a method used to stimulate and relax the muscles by stretching the affected muscles that will relieve tension and help encourage them to relax.
3.) Acupuncture: One of the oldest chiropractic treatment methods, acupuncture works to remove pain in the body by inserting needles into pressure points around the injured area.
4.) Physical Exercise: Defiantly one of the simplest ways to heal your whiplash symptoms, a chiropractor will teach you how to do specific exercises while in the office and then you will be able to do them while at home. These exercises work to specifically help with disc derangement that is caused by whiplash in the neck.
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Unfortunately, if you have ever suffered from a neck injury, you know when it comes to healing there is no magic number for how long it is going to take.
If you are experiencing whiplash for the first time, don’t lose hope!
Even though we can’t give you a magical number of days before your pain goes away but we can provide you with the best chiropractic treatment to get you feeling better as soon as possible.
Schedule your free consultation with our Professional Whiplash Chiropractors at Cobb Chiropractic today!