Chiropractic Care for Whiplash
Whiplash affects as many as three million Americans yearly. Most whiplash results from automobile accidents, but falls, sports injuries, and physical altercations can also be to blame. If you suspect you have the neck pain and stiffness of whiplash, consult experienced chiropractor Dr. Phil McCary at Laurelhurst Chiropractic in Portland, Oregon. He examines the extent of your injury and provides appropriate, noninvasive, and drug-free care. Call the office or use the online booking agent today to start your road to recover from neck pain.
Whiplash Q & A
What is whiplash?
Whiplash refers to a collection of injuries and symptoms that occur when your neck is strained beyond its capacity. The injuries occur when the head is whipped back and forth at a high speed. The movement happens so suddenly and violently that your body cannot react naturally to protect you. Whiplash is most often associated with auto accidents during which a vehicle comes to a sudden halt and the momentum of the stop throws your head around.
The sharp rapid upward motion of the head hyperextends the neck, while the equally forceful downward movement hyperflexes it. Your delicate cervical spine simply can’t withstand these forces, so the vertebrae get thrown out of their proper alignment. These misaligned vertebrae then bulge and cause pressure on cervical nerve roots, while muscles and connective tissues end up stretched or torn.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Whiplash symptoms may appear right away or take a few days to appear. These include:
- Neck pain and immobility
- Jaw pain, headaches, and migraines
- Shoulder and upper back pain
- Blurred vision and ringing in the ears
- Numbness or tingling in your hands and arms
- Mental confusion, mood disorders, and memory loss
How does a chiropractor treat whiplash?
If you’ve experienced an auto accident or other whiplash-causing incidents, consult with Dr. McCary right away. He takes note of the details of the accident/incident, considers your symptoms, and examines your cervical spine.
Once he identifies the sources of your pain, he develops a custom treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms and heal your whiplash. He uses gentle spinal adjustments to restore the normal alignment of the cervical vertebrae. This allows your joints to function correctly and helps relieve nerve compression.
He may also recommend you take advantage of the other soft-tissue therapies, including massage, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, and Kinesio taping to alleviate your whiplash pain. By incorporating multiple healing modalities into your program, you can heal and feel better faster — without the administration of potentially risky and debilitating drug therapies.
Most cases of whiplash heal in just a few days when you receive the right care, but severe cases may take several weeks, or even months, to resolve.