What Exactly Is Whiplash?
Whiplash refers to an injury to the neck that occurs as a result of a sudden abrupt violent movement causing the unsupported head to move rapidly backward and forward, resulting in hyperextension and hyperflexion of the neck. This causes the neck to go beyond its normal range of motion.
It is most commonly caused by a “rear-end” (hit from behind) motor vehicle accident. This can cause injury to the spinal vertebrae, ligaments, and muscles leading to neck pain, headaches, neck stiffness and even cognitive difficulties such as dizziness or trouble concentrating.
So, How Can A Chiropractor Help With Whiplash?
Chiropractic is a natural, non-surgical treatment approach for whiplash. A chiropractor will do a thorough examination including the following:
- range of motion testing
- orthopedic and neurological exams
- gait analysis
- blood pressure
- x-rays (if needed)
This is done in order to evaluate your spine and body as a whole (not just your neck) and any injuries that may have occurred following the accident.
The chiropractor identifies any areas of restricted joint motion, intervertebral disc injury, muscle spasm, ligament injury and for any built up inflammation. Your chiropractor will also feel for any tenderness and tightness. A specific individualized care plan will then be assigned to get the patient the best results in the shortest amount of time.
We Can Help
At Taylor Chiropractic & Wellness, we specialize in whiplash and other auto accident injuries. We’ll find the true underlying cause of your pain and establish a treatment plan that will get you back to an active & healthy lifestyle.