If you’ve been in a car accident or another type of accident that thrusts your head forward and backward forcefully, you may have suffered whiplash. At Spinal Correction Centers, experienced chiropractor Stephen Steller, DC, and his staff use chiropractic methods to reduce whiplash symptoms without medicine or surgery. Call one of the offices in Dunedin, Largo, Riverview, and St. Petersburg, Florida, or schedule an appointment online today.
Whiplash is a type of neck injury caused by a rapid, forceful back-and-forth motion. Whiplash is also called a neck strain or sprain. Car accidents are common causes of whiplash injuries.
When left untreated, whiplash can be painful and debilitating. If you have severe or ongoing discomfort in your neck and suspect whiplash, see the Spinal Correction Centers experts for an evaluation.
Symptoms associated with whiplash include:
With whiplash, you could also experience vision problems, sleep disturbances, ringing in your ears, irritability, memory problems, and difficulty concentrating. Whiplash symptoms can last a few weeks, months, or even years when left untreated.
Any back-and-forth jerking movement of the head can cause whiplash. Common causes include rear-end auto accidents, physical abuse, contact sports injuries, falls, or other types of trauma.
The symptoms you develop may result from injuries to your neck's ligaments, nerves, muscles, bones, spinal discs, or other tissues.
Older age, previous back or neck pain, and high-speed accidents can cause more severe whiplash symptoms.
Your chiropractor asks about your accident history, medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle habits to diagnose whiplash. They complete a physical exam to assess the type and severity of your injury, take X-rays, and may recommend an MRI, a CT scan, or another imaging procedure.
Your Spinal Correction Centers provider personalizes your whiplash treatment plan for optimal results. Your plan will include chiropractic manipulation, functional rehabilitation to improve spinal alignment and reduce discomfort and possibly spinal decompression, and therapeutic massage
Your chiropractor uses manual manipulation to alter tissues, stimulate healing, and ease pain naturally. Rest, ice or heat packs, physical therapy, a foam neck roller, and regular exercise may also be part of your whiplash treatment plan.
You likely need multiple chiropractic treatment sessions to ensure the best outcome.
To get relief from whiplash, call the Spinal Correction Centers office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.