Chiropractic Care for Whiplash Injuries: Chiropractic Plus Newcastle, NSWJune 4, 2018 12:29 pm
Whiplash is a term used to describe injuries that damage the soft tissues of the neck, caused by a rapid forward, backward or sideways motion. This type of injury is most likely to occur from trauma caused by car accidents or impact sports. Whiplash can cause short-term neck pain and restricted movement in the neck, but if left untreated, it is likely to cause serious damage and chronic neck pain in years to come.
How is a whiplash injury diagnosed?
The severity of a whiplash injury would depend on the posture on impact, the overall physical condition of the patient, awareness of the coming impact, and even gender.
Unfortunately, too many cases of whiplash go untreated. When you experience trauma from a car accident or a sports injury and go to seek medical attention, you will most likely have an X-ray. If nothing looks damaged or out of place on the X-ray you will be sent home thinking that nothing is wrong, although symptoms of whiplash may go unnoticed for the first few days after injury.
The first thing you should do after a neck trauma is rest. Within those first 24 hours, it is recommended that you do not try to ease the pain in your neck muscles by stretching or massage. Try to encourage good posture and make sure that your head and neck are well supported by a good pillow at night. It is in the few days that follow a whiplash, that chiropractic will be beneficial. If the immediate stress on the spinal nerves is relieved, this prevents compensation from other parts of the body to try and deal with that stress and avoids a chain reaction that could lead to further damage.
What are the stages of Whiplash Treatment?
As soon as the whiplash is in the acute phase, Chiropractors will work on reducing neck inflammation with the use of various therapy models. A Chiropractor might also use gentle stretching or other manual therapy techniques. After the inflammation has receded, the Chiropractor will then perform gentle spinal manipulation to the patient’s neck.
When you seek chiropractic care due to neck pain, the Chiropractor won’t just check the area of pain but your spine as well.
Your Chiropractor will also inspect and analyse how you walk and take note of your posture and spinal alignment. These details help them understand the patient’s unique body mechanics and how your spine currently works. Sometimes, an X-ray or MRI is necessary. The purpose of this is to find out if there are any degenerative changes that might have been there even before the injury happened.
A good Chiropractor will always emphasise prevention as the key to long-term health. In addition to their treatments, the Chiropractor will also prescribe therapeutic exercises you can do at home to help restore the normal motion of your spine and reduce the symptoms of whiplash.
If you think you may have recently experienced whiplash or suffer neck pain and headaches which may have been caused by a past whiplash trauma, don’t hesitate to have it checked by your nearest Chiropractor.
To arrange an appointment, call Chiropractic Plus today.