Whiplash Q & A
What is whiplash?
Whiplash typically occurs when your head is forcefully thrown back and forth, similar to the motion of cracking a whip. Traumatic events such as car accidents, sports injuries, or physical abuse can result in whiplash.
How do you know if you’re suffering from whiplash?
Whiplash symptoms can include the following:
- Achy neck and shoulder muscles
- A headache
- Stiffness in your neck joints
- Tingling or numbness in your arms
Sometimes the symptoms don’t present themselves until the next day or even several days following your accident. Your symptoms may be short-lived or continue for several weeks or months.
How can chiropractic services treat whiplash?
Your treatment plan depends on the severity of your whiplash injury. The most common chiropractic technique is spinal manipulation, which involves Dr. McNabb gently moving your injured joint in the direction it was restricted to increase your range of motion and reduce pain.
Other treatment plans include various muscle stretches and McKenzie exercises. Because every patient is different, Dr. McNabb will assess your injury upon your visit and recommend a personalized treatment plan.
How long is the recovery time?
Your recovery time depends on the severity of your injury and individual characteristics, like your age, profession, and how quickly you seek treatment. Seeking adequate treatment now could prevent chronic pain later.
Typically, expect to recover from your whiplash symptoms in about six weeks.
What are the benefits of chiropractic treatment?
Chiropractic medicine stresses the importance of looking at the patient as a whole individual rather than just focusing on the problem area (in this case, your neck pain) because every injury is unique.
With the help of chiropractic techniques, restoring the motion in your spine and getting back to your daily grind is more likely. You might even find yourself feeling better than new.
If you think you’re suffering from a case of whiplash, call Kilgore Integrated Health today or schedule an appointment online.