Injuries to the neck and spine can take a toll on your quality of life, and whiplash is among the most common causes. Over a million new cases of whiplash are reported each year, and up to 40% of these don’t make a full recovery. Whiplash frequently causes people to miss work, can cause pain during everyday tasks, and leave patients suffering with long-term health problems. The good news is that a whiplash chiropractor can help to relieve your pain and get you back to the life you love.
Learn more about our whiplash treatments at Peak Chiropractic, and make an appointment today.
Understanding the Damage Caused by Whiplash
Whiplash is caused when the head abruptly jerks forward and backward in a violent motion. The most common cause of whiplash is car accidents, but it can have other causes as well. It doesn’t take much force to cause long-term injuries. Those who suffer from whiplash may have stiff muscles in their neck and back and trouble performing a variety of tasks due to continuous pain in the neck and spine.
Common Symptoms of Whiplash
The Mayo Clinic identifies eight common symptoms of whiplash. Many whiplash sufferers ignore their symptoms, but it’s far better to seek treatment before they become worse. If you’ve experienced any of the following symptoms after a whiplash-related injury, we recommend coming in for chiropractic treatments that can relieve your pain:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Worsening of pain with neck movement
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
- Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
The Long-Term Damage of Whiplash
One of the most devastating aspects of whiplash is the long-term effects it causes. Whiplash is also extremely versatile—it can be instantly lethal or can leave a victim believing they’re uninjured until hours or days later. Ultimately, whiplash can be debilitating and can cause pain that makes it impossible for you to live your life and do the things you love.
One of the most common treatments for whiplash is chiropractic adjustment. At Peak Chiropractic, adjustments can be performed manually or with our innovative Ultralign system. Adjustments are painless and quick. Through this procedure, we can improve joint and spinal motion, and help reduce the pain you’ve sustained due to your injury.
Customized Treatment Plans
Even with the same injury, the needs of patients can differ greatly. Factors like the severity and location of pain as well as the limits of mobility can make one treatment more effective than others. We’ll listen to your concerns and conduct a thorough exam to determine the best treatment plan for your individual needs.