How to Treat Whiplash after a Car AccidentApril 7, 2017
Car accidents are a terrifying experience. Whiplash is a commonly sustained injury that can create serious issues post-accident if left unaddressed, such as overall discomfort, pain, disc damage and even headaches. After a car accident, Van Ness Chiropractic should be one of the first calls you make. Chiropractic care is the first step to relieving that excruciating pain naturally, without surgery or medication. We are experienced in treating injuries related to car accidents, such as neck and back pain. Do not underestimate stiffness and soreness, as these could be indicators of more significant issues. We want to help you on your road to recovery.
How to Treat Whiplash after a Car Accident
How does chiropractic care help whiplash?
Every case of whiplash is different. Dr. Van Ness or Dr. Parkin will examine you to determine the extent of your injury, taking note of how you walk and sit. Not only does chiropractic care provide pain relief, but it also puts your body in a position that it can heal most effectively and quickly. Your spine and neck will heal that much sooner if it is properly aligned. We may even suggest exercises to perform at home that will help get your body back on track.
What issues result from whiplash?
Joint dysfunction is a common issue resulting from whiplash. Joint dysfunction is treated with spinal manipulation, in which we move the joint in the direction that it is restricted. This is usually done gently, but a small thrust may be used. Because we have analyzed your body and we understand your injury, we will know what motions are necessary to restore mobility in the affected joints.
Muscle dysfunction is another commonly treated whiplash injury. Muscles may be tense and they may even contract periodically. This dysfunction is treated by the relaxation of the muscle through stretching, or by stimulation through a slightly more aggressive stretch if needed. Applying finger pressure to pressure points can also relieve pain associated with tight muscles.
How can these issues be treated?
Here at Van Ness Chiropractic, we often assign exercises that are specifically designed to treat automobile whiplash. For instance, the McKenzie Method is a method of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity pain. McKenzie Method exercises reduce disc derangement. These exercises are easy enough for patients to perform at home, so they can work towards their recovery even when they are not in the Van Ness office. The application of ice at home is often advised to reduce inflammation, especially in the beginning stages of whiplash treatment. Even a therapeutic massage (also offered at Van Ness Chiropractic) can ease neck tension. Additionally, the rigors of daily life can become more straining after experiencing whiplash, which is why we emphasize how to better perform daily tasks in a safe and painless way, such as how to properly lift items or bend over.
After examining your spine, your chiropractor will understand how to most effectively treat the injuries you have sustained. Dr. Van Ness and Dr. Parkin will focus not only on one isolated area of pain. They will analyze the state of your entire spine, addressing mechanical and neurological causes with their whiplash treatment plan designed specifically for your needs and your body.
Integrating chiropractic care, massage therapy and customized rehabilitation protocols is the most effective way to manage whiplash symptoms and support the body’s natural healing process. If you or someone you know is experiencing the painful effects of whiplash, do not hesitate to reach out to us. Give us a call at 847-842-8070. We are here to help you on your journey to recovery.