Our neck is a busy body part. It holds up and turns our head, allowing us to see, hear, and speak in the direction we choose.
Although the neck is a real "team player" it’s a bit of a diva, meaning it’s fairly delicate. There are many ways everyday motion injures the neck, ending up causing pain, decreased mobility, and varying degrees of short and long-term misery.
Whiplash is a common neck injury caused by a sudden movement that jerks the neck forth and then back in a whipping motion. Automobile accidents frequently result in whiplash, as the vehicle is moving and then stopping rapidly.
This affects the neck’s ligaments and joints in various degrees, depending on the speed of the vehicle and the site of the impact. In severe cases, the discs and the nerves may also be damaged.
Symptoms of whiplash include varying degrees of pain, stiffness in the neck, headaches, and sometimes dizziness, blurred vision, and nausea. Some people only suffer with whiplash a few days, while others experience ongoing issues.
If you have been injured in an automobile crash, it’s in your best interest to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor as soon as possible. There are a myriad of ways chiropractic care assists in managing the pain and minimizing the symptoms of whiplash.
Here are five of the best reasons:
#1: Reduces inflammation to promote healing
The first order of business for whiplash sufferers is to get the neck’s inflammation reduced, as this prolongs pain. Your chiropractor will utilize chiropractic adjustments, along with other forms of treatment based on your specific injury. It’s essential to undergo this type of treatment as soon after the injury occurs as possible in order to reach optimum results. Dr. Strudwick uses laser therapy whose action is to stimulate the cells responsible for repair and get them working sooner and at a higher rate
#2: Minimizes pain for greater comfort
Whiplash can be extremely painful, as so many of the neck’s components may be involved, and the neck is such a mobile body part. Every neck movement hurting is no way to live! Chiropractic care soothes the pain of whiplash through therapeutic techniques that promote healing of the damaged area.
#3: Returns proper body mobility
When the inflammation and the pain of whiplash are reduced, the next step is to promote healing and proper joint mobility within the body. A chiropractor will perform a series of chiropractic adjustments that includes the neck and spine, but may also incorporate other parts of the body. Whiplash does a number on the joint mobility, and it’s the chiropractor’s job to put it all back together in workable order.
#4: Offers exercises to increase mobility
Contrary to old movies where the whiplash sufferer wears a cumbersome neck brace, it’s vital to the rehabilitation process to keep moving. During chiropractic visits, patients receive a regimen of exercises to perform regularly at home. These, combined with chiropractic care, lessen the time it takes to recover.
#5: Provides an alternative to surgery
The good news is that a whiplash injury rarely requires surgery. However, it’s best to not tempt fate and visit a chiropractor to make certain your injuries are treated and begin healing. A chiropractor monitors improvements and keeps you apprised of your progress, empowering you to get better and back to normal activity faster than simply suffering through the symptoms, hoping they go away.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle crash and end up with whiplash, don’t despair. A chiropractor will map out a treatment regimen that will decrease inflammation and pain, increase mobility, and promote healing. Remember, the sooner you see your chiropractor, the faster the treatment begins, and the sooner you see results. Don’t suffer needlessly!
In addition to all the above, recent changes with ICBC have resulted in more funds available to victims of collisions to get the care needed in order to rehabilitate as thoroughly as possible. If you have questions of how the claim process works, please give us a call.
Dr. Mark Strudwick is a third-generation chiropractor in Victoria, B.C.