Whiplash is a common condition that can result from a wide variety of different trauma situations. Most often, whiplash is a major concern after a car accident. The rapid and forceful acceleration and deceleration of a car crash or other trauma results in the unnatural movement of the neck, causing whiplash. This unrestrained overextension of soft tissue in the neck has both immediate and long-term concerns, coming to light in ailments that range from uncomfortable to debilitating.
While symptoms of whiplash may vary depending on the person and scenario, it’s universally agreed that seeking treatment immediately following a trauma is the key to a better recovery. The spinal experts at Graybar Chiropractic take great care in helping whiplash sufferers in Wilmington, NC mitigate symptoms of this injury. We strive to help our patients avoid the many long-term concerns whiplash can bring with it.
What symptoms are associated with whiplash?
If you believe you may have experienced whiplash, the time to go to a chiropractor is now. In fact, you may not suffer any symptoms but still have severe whiplash. They can manifest immediately or weeks after the initial trauma. Any of the following symptoms after an accident are possible indicators of whiplash:
- Reduced neck movement;
- Back and neck pain;
- Stiffness and lack of mobility;
These initial symptoms often herald more serious problems. In the long run, whiplash can lead to chronic pain in the back and neck, along with irreversible conditions like nerve damage. Those with preexisting spinal conditions are at a higher risk for suffering from these negative outcomes.
Waste no time in making a chiropractic appointment
The invaluable assistance of a chiropractor is most effective immediately following an accident. Waiting to schedule an appointment only allows more time for injuries to set, making them harder to correct to avoid long-term chronic pain issues. Chiropractors can provide an accurate diagnosis of the severity of your whiplash based on X-rays and observation of your symptoms.
A reliable diagnosis is needed to map your path to a healthy recovery. It’s also helpful for seeking insurance coverage of your injury. Skipping a visit to the chiropractor could put you in a negative position in both instances and leave you seeking answers later down the line. Making an appointment is the quickest way to get the valuable information you need to move forward in a positive way.
Treating your spine post-whiplash
One common chiropractic treatment is to reset vertebral discs through spinal manipulation. Often, whiplash results in the misalignment of the cervical spine which needs to be corrected. Physical therapy may also be necessary to restore key muscle groups supporting your neck and back. Soft tissue damage – which is at the core of all whiplash conditions – can further be remedied by myofascial release, massage, and light stretching.
Depending on the severity of your whiplash, one or more chiropractic appointments may be required. A chiropractor will carefully observe the extent of the damage and how much work is needed to restore homeostasis (stability) to your spine.
Are you potentially suffering the pain of whiplash? Don’t wait to call the experienced team at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, NC. Contact us today to learn more about the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach we use when assessing your road to recovery from whiplash.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.