What is Whiplash?
You have probably heard the word before, but what is whiplash, really? It is a painful condition of the muscles and sometimes other soft tissues in the neck, caused from inflammation due to a trauma injury. Whiplash is most common in people after car accidents. The force of one car hitting another can throw you forward and then back very quickly. Your neck muscles were not meant to stand this time of forceful trauma, and they get stretched and strained by the sudden, harsh movement. Tendons and ligaments can also be affected. Sometimes, the injury also pushes one or more vertebrae in the neck out of alignment, causing compressed or pinched nerves in the neck area that just make the pain worse.
It doesn't have to be a car accident that causes whiplash, though that is the most common cause. You can also get it on rough carnival rides like bumper cars and roller coasters. Slip and fall injuries can also sometimes result in whiplash. You can even get whiplash from a violent sneeze. There are also many types of work accidents that can cause this injury.
If you don't get whiplash treated, you may be in pain for a very long time. Mild cases resolve themselves once in a while, but this cannot be counted upon. Whether it is mild, moderate, or severe whiplash, you need treatment from a chiropractor to reduce the inflammation, put the misaligned vertebrae back in place, and to achieve full healing of the injury.
How Can Your Cincinnati Chiropractor Help Heal Whiplash?
Chiropractors heal whiplash based on your individual situation. The first thing they will usually do is take x-rays of your spine to see if you have any vertebrae that are out of alignment in your neck. If you do, chiropractic adjustments to get that vertebrae back in place and keep it there will be part of your healing regimen. If only the muscles and/or other soft tissues are affected, then massage, hot and cold packs, and sometimes physical therapy will be what your chiropractor uses to heal you. Often, the injury is a result of both an out of alignment vertebrae and one or more soft tissue injuries in the next. If this is true for you, then your chiropractor will use all of the healing modalities available at the practice to get you healed and feeling good and pain-free again.
What to Do Next
Contact us to make an appointment for your initial exam, evaluation, consultation, and treatment. If you have been in a car accident or work accident, your insurance may pay for chiropractic care, so be sure to let us know what insurance you carry. We can help coordinate benefits for you.
You may not feel the pain of whiplash for a few days after an accident, but don't wait until you do to come see us. The sooner we start the healing process, the easier it will be for you to make a full and permanent recovery.