Treating whiplash with chiropractic is safe and effective. Whiplash can cause neck pain, back pain, headaches, radiating pain, pinched nerves and many other symptoms. Chiropractic is especially effective for treating whiplash because it works to reduce pain, speed healing and maintain range of motion of the spine.
Importance of Treating Whiplash
The importance of treating whiplash can’t be understated. When the muscles and ligaments that move and support your spine are damaged in a whiplash injury your body produces inflammatory products. Inflammatory products such as histamine cause pain, stiffness and scar tissue formation. In the long run, scar tissue reduces your range of motion and can become a source of pain that makes your joints and muscles ache in cold or rainy weather. I always caution my whiplash patients that the immediate pain that they feel from whiplash may be mild in comparison to the symptoms they may experience ten years removed if they don’t take their injuries seriously.
Chiropractors are known as back doctors because of our ability to effectively treat muscle strains and ligament sprains that occur during typical back injuries. These same treatments work so well with whiplash injuries because these types of injuries also cause sprains and strains to the ligaments and muscles that move and support the spine. Treating whiplash injuries only differs from treating typical back injuries to the extent that whiplash usually causes more severe injuries than those that we suffer from improper lifting or sitting in an uncomfortable seat.
Home treatment for whiplash includes rest, ice pack applications and light activities that can be performed in pain-free ranges of motion. Treating whiplash with chiropractic care includes therapies that help reduce pain and inflammation as well as chiropractic adjustments that help reduce pain and improve range of motion. A complete chiropractic treatment protocol for whiplash also includes specific stretches and exercises that help prevent your current injuries from becoming problematic in the future.