What Is a Whiplash?
Whiplash is considered as one of the most common neck injuries. It is caused by forceful and back-and-forth movements of the neck. In most cases, this injury is not too serious and does not cause a long-lasting disability. However, if it is not treated properly, whiplash can lead to severe complications.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
Here is a list of most common sings indicating this injury:
- Neck pain
- Arm weakness and pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Shoulder stiffness
- Back pain
If the condition left untreated, some other symptoms may appear, including the following:
What Are the Available Treatment Options?
There are several treatment options available for whiplash. Treatment is determined based on the symptoms and severity of the condition. In the past, the most popular treatment option was a soft cervical collar. A patient had to wear it for a few weeks after an injury. One of the primary purposes of the collar is reducing a person’s range of motion, which helps prevent further injuries.
Motion exercises are another treatment option that has proven to be effective. Motion exercises are mainly rotational exercises that should be repeated for the first couple days after the injury.
Physical therapy is also helpful in treatment whiplashes because it helps strengthen muscles and alleviate pain. Physical therapy is focused on a patient's overall well-being and his return to a healthy life.
Can a Chiropractor Help?
Chiropractic treatment is often used for treating car accident injuries. At the first appointment, our chiropractic specialist will perform an examination in order to determine the injuries and their exact location. After this, a patient will be offered an individualized treatment plan includes a combination of different chiropractic procedures. In most cases, our chiropractor uses the following techniques and manipulations:
- Spinal manipulation, also known as chiropractic adjustments.
- Muscle stimulation and relaxation. The purpose of this technique is to reduce the muscle tightness and relive the pain.
- Instrument-assisted therapy.
- Specific trigger point therapy. The purpose of this treatment is to improve the spinal motion and stimulate the nervous system.
Sauk Prairie Chiropractic, LLC - Your Chiropractor in Prairie Du Sac, WI
If you have recently been involved in a car accident and are suffering from a whiplash, chiropractic treatment may be exactly what you need to heal properly. At Sauk Prairie Chiropractic, LLC, in Prairie Du Sac, WI, we provide chiropractic solutions to address the different needs of our patients. Dr. Tom Terbilcox is our certified and experienced chiropractic specialist, who is ready to help you reach your everyday wellness goals. Do not hesitate to give us a call and schedule your first appointment with our specialist.