Hearing the bang of the vehicles colliding, the shattering of the glass, and the squealing of the breaks are all nightmare noises that no one ever wants to experience first-hand.
Unfortunately car crashes happen every day causing on average 3,287 deaths a day in the United States.
That is a large number so never overlook the blessing it is when you walk away form an accident. Do the right thing for your body and get the best treatment you need to fully get back to where you were before the accident.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a neck strain caused from your head being flung beyond its normal range of motion at a sudden hard rate. Neck strain is often confused with a neck sprain but in fact they are different. A neck strain is when your muscles or tendons are damaged.
Whiplash can be sneaky which is why do many people don't even realize they have it. It can take 12 hours or more before the full symptoms of whiplash set in. Another great reason you should go directly to a chiropractor after you have been in an accident.
Common Symptoms of Whiplash include:
- Stiffness in neck
- Sore in neck, shoulder, and upper back
- Loss of range of motion
- Tingling or numbness in arms
- Movement of head and neck cause pain
If these symptoms are not address and left untreated then they will only worsen. You may think they are going away but give it time. You will later find yourself hurting later in life and not know why... well it's the injuries you overlooked from your accident. It happens all too often. This is why it is crucial for you to get the problem corrected right always so you do not continue to hurt your body and possible make it where you can no fully recover.
Why do Car Accident Cause Whiplash?
Whiplash is caused from the hard-flinging motion of your head moving forward and backward beyond its' normal range of motion. Because almost all car accident causes your body to be jolted forward and backward almost everyone suffers from whiplash in a car accident. Even though it is extremely common to have whiplash from a car accident it does not mean it is any less important. There are still major effects on your body's overall health.
How do Chiropractors Treat Whiplash?
The main approach Chiropractors take with whiplash are:
- Muscle relaxation
- Muscle stimulation
- Strengthening and mobility exercises
- Lifestyle changes
Some of these you may heard of before but maybe your not quit sure about them. Let's dig in a little deeper so you have a better understand of what these treatment methods are and how they help.
Chiropractic Manipulation refers to manipulating the vertebrae in your spine to correct any misalignments. This is often done by hand but sometime can have assistance from a small handheld device for those that need less force. The objective is to reduce the subluxation and nerve irritability while increasing range of motion and improve function.
Muscle Relaxation and Muscle Stimulation is done with trigger point therapy. There are so many different techniques used for trigger point therapy including:
- Myotherapy that involves deep tissue massage or a tapping pressure
- Vibration exercises to relax tensed muscles all at once
- Electrostimulation with a TENS unit
- Massage therapy that gets the knots out
- Stretching to improve muscle tone
Strengthening and mobility exercises these are various movements that are chosen specific to your injury so they could include leaning your neck side to side for so long or reaching up above your head.
There are so many exercises that could be used but with chiropractic care these stretches and exercises are guided to help ensure you do not further injure yourself. They are also customized around your pain symptoms.
Lifestyle changes such as how you get out of bed, reach for things above your head or lift items. You may have to take time out from lifting or your normal workout until your injuries are healed.
Get Your Injuries Treated by a Skilled Accident Chiropractor
Getting your injuries diagnosed accurately will save you from long term pain. Never let your soft-tissue injuries go untreated. Seek chiropractic are immediately, it can even help your settlement.
If you are near Greensboro, NC your in luck!
Cobb Chiropractic Clinic is right there waiting to help you. Dr. Cobb is a trained professional in accident injuries.
Look no further for the best personal injury treatment care. Sign up for a free consultation today!