How Does Whiplash Treatment Work?
Whiplash treatment can vary depending on the severity of the injury but often includes physical therapy and over-the-counter pain medications. Each Whiplash treatment is catered to the individual and is based solely on the Chiropractors physical assessment of the individual and injury mechanism.
Other therapies a chiropractor may use as whiplash treatment are interferential electrical stimulation which is when the chiropractor stimulates muscles with a low-frequency electrical current.
The entirety of the chiropractor’s approach to whiplash treatment is focused not only on reducing or eliminating the patients pain but restoring function and strengthening the neck to improve stabilization and help prevent future whiplash injuries.
Do Not Overlook Whiplash
There are people, who think whiplash as minimal injury, but the fact is that whiplash is a very serious condition and it is also capable of making a way for many long-term pain conditions and confined mobility. If it is left untreated and ignored by a patient, then there are chances that it will damage other parts of the patient’s body. This specific injury is mostly caused by a car accident. It takes place as your head or neck forcefully jerks backward and forward. This sudden movement is the reason for ligament strain in the neck, and it causes pain and confined mobility of your head and neck. The more forcefully your head and neck heave during a car accident, the more the strain occurs on these ligaments, and that causes more damage. Whiplash may take place even by a minor car accident, as your neck and head are the most sensitive parts of your body and minor jerk may cause chronic neck pain. See more here.
Because symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to manifest, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that you are not as injured as you really are until the pain gets worst.
After an accident, whiplash symptoms are likely to occur within 24 to 48 hours and can include a myriad of symptoms:
- Neck pain
- Stiffness in the neck
- Tunnel or blurred vision
- Brain fog
- Memory issues
These are just a few of the symptoms of whiplash. If you experience numbness, tingling, or weakness in any of your extremities or if the pain spreads to your arms or shoulders, see a doctor right away. Read more here.
A severe whiplash injury can also include damage to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, nerve roots, and broken part of the vertebra.
Do you have a whiplash injury? Ditch the foam collar and muscle relaxers and get yourself into physical therapy to safely recover. Physical therapy interventions are the mainstay of treatment for whiplash.
Whiplash typically occurs when a person’s head is thrown backward and then forward, straining the neck’s muscles and ligaments. It often occurs during auto accidents, physical abuse and contact sports.
Therapy for whiplash treatments may include:
- Manual therapies, including myofascial release
Treatment also recommends that as pain permits, exercise to stretch and strengthen neck muscles to help minimize symptoms and protect your neck in the future.
Getting the proper whiplash treatment is the key to lasting results.
Patients who became involved in motion exercises early after sustaining a whiplash injury are shown to have a more reliable and rapid recovery from their symptoms. In addition, whiplash treatment can sometimes involve psychological aspects, especially if the victim has experienced mental or emotional trauma from the incident.
Hence, most patients with whiplash injuries should consider chiropractic as their first choice of healthcare provision. If you find yourself cracking your own neck make sure to give us a call (619) 831-8777 right away!