Whiplash can occur in many different ways, and regardless of how it happens, relief is the first thing on the mind of the person suffering from the pain. Having an automobile accident, suffering from physical abuse or severe shaking, playing contact sports, and even head banging at a concert can all result in whiplash because of the forceful movements of the head and neck. In some instances, the person notices right away that they have suffered an injury from the back and forth motions, while others notice the signs much later. Studies have shown that those who suffer from whiplash have many musculoskeletal issues and headaches, and it’s important that anyone experiencing these symptoms seek professional chiropractic care right away.
Stiffness and pain in the neck, reduced range of motion, dizziness and headaches, and blurred vision are just some of the signs and symptoms of whiplash. If you experience these, chiropractic adjustments can be used to relieve muscle tension and to realign the spine and improve posture. Chiropractors take into account how the whiplash occurred, the level of pain, and the physical exam results, and then they develop a customized treatment plan based on your needs. Many people have completely reduced or eliminated the pain that whiplash causes through chiropractic care.
Relief from Whiplash Symptoms
Even though whiplash can occur from a variety of activities, when people think of whiplash, they often think of automobile collisions. Studies show that being rear-ended in a vehicular accident made up for the largest majority of collision-related whiplash cases versus other auto accidents. Due to the force and seatbelt restrictions on your body, your neck is often vulnerable to hyperextension when being hit from behind.
In a study done by Charles G. Davis, data was collected from 41 patients that were treated for whiplash. High-velocity, low-amplitude manual therapy and electrical muscle stimulation was utilized in the treatment. The initial mean level of pain was a 7.1 and the final level of pain was rated .6. The average amount of treatments for people wanting relief from whiplash was 20 total over the course of 10 weeks. Sixty-six percent of patients participating in the study indicated that the issue was resolved because they had a pain level of 0 or 1 once the treatment was completed.
Chiropractic Care for Whiplash
A chiropractor assesses each person to ensure they get accurate care for the cause of their particular injury. While whiplash may be the primary complaint of the patient, a chiropractor looks to everything that can resolve the issue naturally and permanently. Because whiplash is a name for multiple neck injuries and can occur in a number of ways, you shouldn’t expect to get treated the same as someone else that has experienced this injury. Many that experience whiplash also experience cervical pain, and a chiropractor can help your neck pain, as well as other spinal and general health issues.
If you are in need of relief from whiplash and want to learn more about customized treatments from Greater Life Chiropractic, reach out and schedule a consultation today.
- Davis, C.G. “Chiropractic Treatment in Acute Whiplash Injuries – Grades I & II.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2008 May: 1-3.
- McCoy, H.G., McCoy, M. “A Multiple Parameter Assessment of Whiplash Injury Patients Undergoing Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Care: A Retrospective Study.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 1997; 1(3): 1-11.
- Myran, R., Hagen, K., Svebak, S., Nygaard, O., Zwart, J. “Headache and Musculoskeletal Complaints Among Subjects with Self-Reported Whiplash Injury. The HUNT-2 Study.” BioMed Central Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2011; 12: 129.