Whiplash is a painful condition that is usually the result of a car accident or injury. When you are suffering from whiplash, it’s important to get treatment right away before the condition worsens. If you’re having neck pain that you believe might be whiplash, make an appointment at Peterson Chiropractic, serving Salt Lake City, West Valley City and the surrounding areas.
Whiplash from Motor Vehicle Accidents
In 2020, there were 53,196 motor vehicle crashes in Utah — and that was the pandemic year, when fewer people were venturing out. With numbers like these, you can see why chiropractors in Utah are so busy, not just with whiplash injuries, but also back injuries and other types of injuries.
Whiplash injuries result from the head being “whipped” back and forth by an outside force — often an oncoming car. Whiplash injuries are usually the result of being hit from behind, but it is not impossible to suffer one in a head-on collision, although whiplash is usually not the main concern in that type of accident.
Whiplash from Other Causes
Although the most common reason patients come into Peterson Chiropractic with whiplash is due to a car accident, it is possible to suffer whiplash from other causes.
A fairly common one is a sports injury. Sports in which whiplash is more likely to occur include football and boxing. Similarly, you may get whiplash from a physical fight or assault.
Whiplash can also result from falls. Oftentimes these falls may happen while skiing, snowboarding or skating, but you can get whiplash from any serious fall.
Some less-common ways of getting whiplash include amusement park rides such as rollercoasters, sneezing and head-banging (dancing). Some people believe they have suffered whiplash from sleeping, but this is, in fact, a muscle strain and not a whiplash.
Getting Treated for Whiplash in Salt Lake City
If you have been involved in a car accident or suffered an injury that has caused you neck pain, make an appointment at Peterson Chiropractic. We will evaluate you to see if your injury is whiplash and if it is, see what we can do to help.
Traditional medical doctors do little for whiplash except issue patients a collar and a prescription for painkillers with instructions to wait for the pain to go away on its own.
At Peterson Chiropractic, we take a proactive, holistic approach to alleviating the pain from whiplash. Depending on how much inflammation is still present in your neck and spine, we may provide manual therapy techniques, stretching or manipulation. Our goal is to reduce inflammation and restore blood flow and proper range of motion. These lead to pain relief.
Rely on Peterson Chiropractic for Pain Relief
For help with whiplash, neck pain, back pain, leg pain or any other type of pain related to the spinal column, make an appointment with Peterson Chiropractic. We offer full chiropractic services to patients in Salt Lake City and the surrounding area suffering from issues including fibromyalgia, migraines, sciatica, herniated discs and many other conditions. Call us today.