Every year, around two million Americans experience whiplash, a painful neck injury that usually occurs during an automobile accident. The team at Balance Wellspace Integrative Medicine can diagnose whiplash before you even develop symptoms. They offer personalized treatment to relieve your pain and heal your neck quickly and safely. If you’re concerned about whiplash, call us and schedule a consultation today.
Whiplash Q & A
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a painful and common neck injury caused by a sudden impact that forces your head to jerk forward and backward rapidly. The injury usually occurs during automobile accidents, but you can also get whiplash during a sports accident, falling, or from physical abuse.
Whiplash causes disruptive symptoms like:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Lost range of motion
- Pain in your shoulders, upper back, or arms
- Dizziness and fatigue
You might also develop blurry vision or tinnitus. Some patients also experience sleep disturbances and reduced concentration and memory.
When should I see a chiropractor after an automobile accident?
If you’ve been in an automobile accident, you should make an appointment at Balance Wellspace Integrative Medicine as soon as possible, even if you don’t have any pain. When you’ve been in an accident, your body is often flooded with adrenaline, which can mask pain and stiffness for hours or even days.
However, our team can diagnose spine injuries like whiplash before your symptoms emerge and start treatment right away. With rapid and effective treatment, the team can reduce the amount and severity of your symptoms, minimizing the disruption to your life.
The team provides thorough exams, including traditional and motion study digital X-rays, to evaluate your cervical spine and the muscles and connective tissue in your neck.
How is whiplash treated?
If you have whiplash, the team at Balance Wellspace Integrative Medicine provides customized treatment. Depending on the severity of your injury, your program might include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Decompression therapy
- Physical rehabilitation
- Hot and cold treatments
The team also offers tailored, state-of-the-art therapies to reduce pain and inflammation. They might also recommend alternative treatments to support your recovery and increase your comfort.
They can help you improve your posture and protect your neck from additional strain. In some cases, they might recommend wearing a brace to support your neck while you recover.
When left untreated, whiplash can cause long-term pain and mobility problems. If your spine isn’t allowed to heal correctly, it can lead to issues like nerve compression.
Call Balance Wellspace Integrative Medicine today to make an appointment if you’ve been in an accident and are concerned about whiplash.