Whiplash occurs when a sudden, jarring movement of the head is sustained. Whiplash destabilizes the spine and causes severe pain. It can also lead to these other indicators:
- Neck Pain or Stiffness
- Blurred Vision
- Headaches and Dizziness
- Shoulder, Arm & Low Back Pain
- Reduced Range of Motion In The Neck
Because leaving the effects of whiplash untreated can lead to long-term pain, it is critical that chiropractic care is sought immediately after an automobile accident. The seriousness of the physical effects of an accident is not always known or felt immediately following. Often it takes days, weeks or even months for major symptoms to show up, which is why chiropractic care is essential to maintaining the health of a spine that has been through a trauma.
What’s at Risk?
Almost any body part that is jarred or thrown forward unexpectedly and beyond normal limits can sustain stretched ligaments and even tears. Those supporting the head and neck are especially susceptible to this kind of tearing during a collision. Even a car crash that is seemingly minor with limited damage to the car itself can cause serious injury to the driver and passengers.
Early care and treatment means full healing and recovery is quickly realized. Chiropractors specialize in the care of bones, muscles, nerve and connective tissue. They relieve pain, make necessary adjustments to spine alignment and may include massage or foam roller techniques. Seeing one immediately after an accident can be crucial to healing.
Chiropractic treatments are the right step toward restoring the body. All those major parts of the body are important to keep in optimal health and correct alignment so they can function properly and all body systems can operate seamlessly.
Beyond treatment, a good chiropractor will offer advice exercises to continue healing on your own after appointments. Have more questions? Call Advanced Health Chiropractic and Massage at 208-497-5483.