Neck Whiplash Injury

Chiropractic Treatment For Neck Whiplash Injury!

Neck Whiplash InjuryCar accidents are common causes of neck whiplash injury. Treatment for whiplash injuries, minor or severe, is critical because neck pain can impact your activity level for the rest of your life.After the injury, your muscles, ligaments, and joints get inflamed which causes pain, spasms and – with time – scar tissue formation.

This process leads to the chronic pain and stiffness that are associated with neck whiplash pain.In order to relieve your current pain and help avoid future episodes of pain and stiffness is to get whiplash treatment for your car accident injuries as soon as possible. Every time you are in public you will see people who have to turn their whole body in order to be able to see behind them.Whiplash and neck pain go hand in hand because the muscles in the neck are small and unable to withstand the g-forces that are generated during a car accident.

Neck Strain and Whiplash

Neck strain is often just called whiplash. Although it’s usually associated with car accidents, any impact or blow that causes your head to jerk forward or backward can cause neck strain. The sudden force stretches and tears the muscles and tendons in your neck.

Neck strain afflicts many amateur and professional athletes. People who play contact sports like football are especially prone to neck strain.

Neck strains are often confused with neck sprains. They’re a bit different. Neck strains are caused by damage to the muscle or the tendons, bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Neck sprains are caused by tearing of the ligaments, the tissues that connect the bones to each other.

However, the differences between these strains and sprains probably won’t mean much to you. The causes, symptoms, and treatment of neck sprains and neck strains are usually the same. Read more here.

During the whiplash phase of a car accident, the muscles and ligaments that move and support the neck are overstretched and sometimes whiplash treatment turn which causes pain, stiffness and in many cases disability.

Whiplash: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Whiplash, or WAD (whiplash-associated disorders) refers to a series of neck injuries caused by or related to a sudden distortion of the neck – hyperextension (over-extension) injury to the neck. In many cases whiplash is the result of being struck from behind, for example, by a fast moving vehicle in an automobile accident.

Causes of whiplash injuries

A whiplash injury may occur if the head is moved violently away from the body because of a sudden and powerful jerk or jolt. The neck moves beyond its normal range of movement, resulting in overstretched ligaments, muscles and tendons. The injury is often exacerbated because the muscles, in order to compensate for the sudden movement, pull the head back into position too hard, causing another overstretching in the opposite direction.

The jolt (or blow to the head) can come from behind, in front, and from the side. A slow-speed collision may also cause a whiplash injury.

Possible causes of whiplash:

  • Automobile accidents
  • A sudden blow to the head from a contact sport, such as rugby, boxing, karate, or American football.
  • A horse riding or cycling accident. Check more here.

For many of these people, the stiffness in their neck is due to scar tissue formation and muscle tightness that was caused by past injuries.

Chiropractic For Car Accident Whiplash Injuries

Albertans are, for the most, part enjoying a relatively mild winter. This means driving on Alberta roads has been much less of headache than past winters. However, we all know it only takes a split-second for the roads to take a turn for the worst. In 2014, there were over 7,000 accidents causing injury on Alberta roads due to snow and inclement conditions. Many of the injuries caused by car accidents, including whiplash, can have far reaching consequences. Chiropractic care can be an excellent way to treat whiplash injuries after an auto accident.

How can my chiropractor help with whiplash?

Every case of whiplash is different. The appropriate chiropractic treatment is unique to each whiplash injury and your chiropractor will know that best course of treatment for you after your initial exam.

The most common treatments chiropractors use on whiplash patients include:

  • manually adjusting the spine/neck/joints
  • muscle relaxation and/or stimulation
  • exercises designed to reduce disc derangement or train the nervous system to better coordinate and control movement patterns
  • ergonomic and lifestyle changes to limit habits or activities that may be amplifying the effects of whiplash. See full article here.

Neck Whiplash Injury Must Be Treated!

With time, untreated conditions that cause neck whiplash can lead to arthritis which is a permanent condition. That is why whiplash treatment is so important. Chiropractic treatment is effective for many patients who have neck pain and whiplash because chiropractic care not only helps reduce your current pain but it also helps reduce scar tissue, improve flexibility and maintain range of motion.

Neck whiplash treatment for hundreds if not thousands of patients who suffer from neck pain and other car accident injuries.I have found that chiropractic whiplash treatment combined with specific stretches and exercises is an extremely effective combination of therapies for treating whiplash and neck pain. Whiplash treatment to patients who were injured in car accidents failed to get timely treatment and now suffer chronic pain and stiffness from their old injuries, call us here: (619) 831-8777.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.

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