Whiplash injuries are commonly seen by chiropractors for good reason. Since whiplash injures both the muscles and ligaments that move and support the joints in the neck and upper back, treating whiplash with chiropractic care is a natural fit. Whiplash injuries can go from acute to chronic easily without treatment so your actions regarding treatment following your accident can affect your health for the rest of your life.
Whiplash damages your joints as well as the muscles and ligaments that move and support them. In most cases, whiplash injuries are painful immediately following the accident but in other cases they don’t become problematic for months or years. The best way to relieve pain now and help prevent future episodes of pain and disability is to have your neck and back examined for possible injuries as soon as possible.
Whiplash injuries occur because of the tremendous amount of force that is placed on the neck and upper back when we are involved in rear end type accident. The G-forces produced in a whiplash accident stretch and tear the muscles and ligaments resulting in swelling, pain and muscle spasms. If left untreated, inflammation and lost range of motion can cause scar tissue to accumulate which can be a source of pain and lead to permanent loss of your range of motion.
Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash Injuries
Chiropractors have been the “GO TO” doctors for whiplash injuries for years – especially by those who are aware that muscle relaxers and pain killers only mask the problem and don’t actively address the actual injury. As I stated in the opening paragraph, chiropractic care is the ideal therapy for most whiplash injuries because it targets the muscles, ligaments, joints and nerves – all of the structures typically injured in a car accident.
At my San Diego chiropractic clinic we have successfully treated thousands of patients who suffer from whiplash injuries. At our clinic, treatment includes a chiropractic care program that is designed to reduce pain, improve range of motion and relieve swelling that is combined with a specific stretching / exercise routine that for many has made the difference between chronic pain and a healthy pain-free neck and back.