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Chiropractic Treatments for Whiplash

Chiropractic Treatments for Whiplash

Whiplash is a phrase commonly used to describe pain in the neck from a violent impact, but many people do not know exactly what characterizes it or how it can be treated. At Peterson Chiropractic, treating the symptoms and root causes of whiplash is one of our specialties, so we can help explain to you exactly what it is, what causes it and how treatment can help you today.

Whiplash is a condition usually associated with violent impact, usually a car crash, fall or other accident. It involves pain, ranging from mild to severe, in the head, neck, shoulders and upper back. This pain may come in the form of sharp stabs or dull aches. Other symptoms include:

  • Difficulty turning your head or stiff neck
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Muscle spasms or weakness
  • Tingling or “pins and needles”
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Headache
  • Tenderness or soreness in the neck and surrounding areas

In some cases, if the accident was particularly traumatic, the victim may also experience anxiety, insomnia or PTSD. If you are experiencing any of these sensations, it’s important you see a chiropractor today. Even mild symptoms can develop into a serious problem over time if left untreated.

What Causes Whiplash?

Whiplash is the result of the head being jostled back and forth on the neck quickly and sharply. Car accidents, falls, heavy blows and other accidents may all result in whiplash. The neck whipping back and forth causes little tears in the muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck, upper back and shoulders, which results in the stiffness and pain associated with this condition.

Note that even if you have very mild symptoms immediately following your accident, you may not be in the clear. Whiplash can develop and worsen over a period of days, and may get much more severe if you do nothing to treat it. That’s why, no matter your symptoms, it’s a good idea to see a chiropractor following an accident of any kind.

Chiropractic Treatments for Whiplash

Our chiropractic team can help you get the care you need for whiplash. A number of different treatment techniques have proven effective for whiplash, including manual adjustments, electrical stimulation, spinal decompression, massage therapy and physiotherapy. We can also offer lifestyle advice that will help you treat your symptoms at home and get back on your feet – literally or figuratively – as quickly as possible.

Get Help for Whiplash Today

At Peterson Chiropractic, our friendly team is here to help you reduce the severity of whiplash symptoms and move on with your life as quickly as possible. We use natural, holistic wellness techniques so that you can taper off of any pharmaceuticals you’ve been using as quickly as possible and avoid having to take new ones.

If you would like to learn more about our high level of care, please call us at [today]. We’ll help answer any questions you might have and get you set up with an appointment at your earliest convenience, so you can say goodbye to pain and hello to your life once more.