Whiplash is one of the most common injuries caused by an auto accident. Even minor accidents can cause a sudden movement of the neck with the force of one car hitting another. Even if your vehicle is not damaged, that doesn’t mean your body is not. Any time your neck jerks or moves suddenly and the head snaps backward and forward, the muscles in the neck are strained, adding extra tension to the spinal cord. Whiplash symptoms following an auto accident may not appear right away, so when symptoms begin, you may not realize the car wreck is the cause of your pain. However, studies have shown that whiplash can cause long-term effects when left untreated. This is why it is so important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an auto accident. Whether you’ve been involved in a major car accident such as a head-on collision or a minor fender-bender, Dr. Grant Lisetor is here to help you find relief.
In severe auto accidents, neck pain may occur immediately or shortly after the accident. Other times, whiplash will have a slow onset, so individuals may not be aware of the injury until weeks after a car accident. In addition to stiffness and pain in the neck and shoulders, some of the symptoms of whiplash include the following:
- Back pain (upper or lower)
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory issues
- Jaw pain
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or legs
- Ringing in the ears
- Sleeping difficulties
Whiplash Pain Management
A whiplash injury caused by a car accident can cause such severe pain that you can hardly function on a day-to-day basis. With pain so extreme, your first instinct may be to reach for pain medication to relieve your symptoms. Although medication may relieve painful symptoms temporarily, the pain cycle will continue unless the root cause is dealt with. Instead of taking medication that can lead to unwanted side effects, see Dr. Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic to get relief from your whiplash symptoms.
How Can Chiropractic Help with Whiplash?
Since chiropractic care focuses on the entire spine, it is an excellent way to get relief from whiplash symptoms following an auto accident. Dr. Grant Lisetor will gently adjust the spine after a thorough examination, removing any misalignments that may be causing your symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments are a non-invasive method for pain relief that is completely safe and natural. Since chiropractic identifies and corrects the root cause of the pain rather than covering up the symptoms, seeing your Charlotte chiropractor is a great alternative to addictive pain medication.
Has Chiropractic Helped Others with Whiplash from an Auto Accident?
Several case studies have shown chiropractic care to be a great way to improve the symptoms of whiplash following a car accident. In fact, one study showed that 26 out of 28 individuals who regularly visited a chiropractor had great improvements from their whiplash symptoms. Another study was conducted on a 61-year-old female patient who had been experiencing pain for 3 years before she consulted a chiropractor. She had been involved in an auto accident resulting in pain in her neck, lower back, knee, and other pain as the result of over 20 surgeries. She was also dependent on opioids and suffering from depression. Within 6 months of regular chiropractic care, she showed improvements in pain levels and quality of life, and she was able to discontinue her opioid pain medication.
Greater Life Chiropractic is here to help in the healing process after you’ve been involved in a car accident. Dr. Grant Lisetor’s is passionate about helping people with pain and discomfort from whiplash find natural relief. Don’t let the pain of whiplash hinder you from enjoying life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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