What is Whiplash
If you are unfortunate enough to be in an accident, chances are your neck was whipped back and forth. This causes tremendous stress on the delicate muscles and ligaments of the cervical spine, sometimes even damaging the discs of the cervical spine. Often the effects are not felt for days or weeks.
Common symptoms of whiplash include:
-Neck and shoulder pain
– Numbness in hands or feet
-Pain in the upper or lower back
– Mood or memory changes
– Pain or tingling in hands or feet
Chiropractic Car Accident Treatments
Immediately following the accident patients at Westside Chiropractic are immediately given a complete orthopedic and neurological examination to access any damage. This is followed by a complete set of special x-rays to assess the damage. Our office works with a team of local orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, MRI centers and attorneys to make sure you get the best evaluations and treatment for your injuries.
While your chiropractic treatment for car accidents will be customized to match your specific injuries, some of the more common treatment methods include:
Spinal manipulation – Specifics adjustments to correct subluxationMuscle stimulation and/or relaxation therapySpecific exercises to address the areaLifestyle advice to address ergonomic issues that cause painTherapeutic ultra sound helps to relax muscles and breaks down scar tissues.Erchonia cold laser has been widely researched and found to help muscles, ligaments and nerves heal quickly.Intersegmental traction helps to put motion back into your spine and prevent painful fixations and lack of motion between spinal segments.Patients have the option of having light activator adjustments that don’t involve any twisting or cracking at all. This method is surprisingly effective after your ligaments and muscles are already torn from the impact of a car accident.Flexion/Distraction technique to open up damaged discs in the lumbar spine and relieve pain or pressure in feet or knees. following damage to lumbar spine.
Addressing the Cause
Although the specific treatment protocols will vary, the overriding concept of addressing the cause first remains the same. Typically, when someone is experiencing pain as the result of a car accident, the idea is to mask the pain with pain medication. While this may provide immediate pain relief, the problem that is causing the pain is probably still there.
Our Plantation FL chiropractor will investigate, and get to the underlying cause of the pain. Contact our team today with any questions that you have. We look forward to hearing from you.