Whiplash Treatment for Patients from Salt Lake City and West Valley City, Utah

Neck and spine injury due to car accidents should be taken seriously. Seek chiropractic treatment for whiplash in Salt Lake City as soon as you can, and you’ll have a better chance of avoiding serious health problems down the road.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash occurs when the head is thrown quickly and forcefully forward and backward such as in a car accident. The unnatural motion strains the neck muscles and causes the soft tissues or ligaments in the cervical spine (the vertebrae that form the neck) to tear and suffer trauma.

Whiplash commonly happens during auto accidents. Complications may develop if it’s not treated immediately, and the pain could intensify the longer the delay.

Therefore, we strongly recommend visiting our clinic as soon as possible after you’re involved in a car accident.

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Driver with neck pain from suffering whiplash after traffic accident

Causes and Symptoms

Any situation that exposes the vertebrae to forceful and sudden movement can result in whiplash. Contact sports such as football, soccer, rugby, boxing and martial arts are just some examples. Assault and physical abuse can also cause similar neck trauma.

Whiplash symptoms include:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder and upper back pain
  • Stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Limited range of motion
  • Difficulty in swallowing, chewing and speaking

Patients suffering from whiplash are unable to turn their heads past a certain degree. Quick head movements are also out of the question. They’re painful and could worsen the patient’s condition.

How fast can a patient recover from whiplash? The speed of recovery depends on the severity of the trauma. People with mild whiplash can recover in just days or weeks, but those with severe soft tissue trauma can experience neck pain for months or even years. There have also been cases where symptoms emerged weeks and months after the accident.

Peterson Chiropractic: Qualified to Treat Whiplash

Receive proper treatment for whiplash from our experienced and licensed chiropractors in Utah. Peterson Chiropractic is in West Valley City, but we also welcome patients from Salt Lake City.

Our three-practitioner team helps patients recover from the painful effects of whiplash and regain their strength and range of motion.

We begin with a physical examination, where we identify the severity and the precise locations of the trauma. We also consider the nature of your accident, as it gives us a more accurate understanding of your injury. From there, we plan non-surgical, non-pharmacological therapy, which may include:

  • Cervical chiropractic adjustments
  • Laser treatment
  • Heat therapy
  • Ice therapy (cryotherapy)
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Massage therapy
  • Neck brace or collar fitting
  • Lifestyle changes

Our whiplash chiropractic treatment methods focus on helping the body heal itself. We don’t administer powerful drugs, thereby eliminating your risk of becoming dependent on painkillers or developing a high tolerance for medication. Instead, we perform physical therapy and manual spinal manipulation to relieve pressure, reduce swelling (which causes the pain) and strengthen neck muscles.

Chiropractic care for whiplash works wonders when administered by qualified chiropractors.

How Much Does Whiplash Treatment Cost?

Chiropractic whiplash treatment plans are more affordable than surgery. Peterson Chiropractic accepts most insurance plans. For patients with no chiropractic care coverage, we offer flexible payment programs so you can receive the chiropractic treatments you need.

Be rid of the pain, regain your range of motion, and improve your overall health with our chiropractic treatments for whiplash. Call, visit our clinic or email to schedule an appointment.