Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in auto accidents, but can also be the result of a sports accident, physical abuse, or other trauma. It occurs when the neck is thrust forward and then abruptly backward on impact. Whiplash typically causes inflammation and damage to the soft tissues of the upper back and neck, which may lead to stiffness, pain, limited mobility and headaches. With chiropractic treatment by Dr. Garcia, most cases of whiplash will generally get better within a few weeks.
Did You Know?
Impact speed does not always affect whiplash injury, and you can get whiplash at all speeds. In fact, some research has shown that you can get whiplash from a collision that occurs at speeds of less than 5 MPH. Being rear-ended at a speed of only 10 MPH can exert a force of 9 Gs (gravitational pull of the earth) on your head.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have whiplash?
You may have whiplash if within 24 hours of enduring an abrupt jolt, you notice the following symptoms: neck pain or stiffness that increases with neck movement, a decreased range of motion in your neck, headaches that originate at the base of your skull, tenderness or pain in your shoulder, upper back, or arms, tingling or numbness in the arms, fatigue, or dizziness. Additionally, you may experience blurred vision, dizziness, tinnitus, trouble sleeping, irritability, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, or depression.
Should I see a chiropractor for whiplash?
Chiropractors, like Dr. Garcia, treat whiplash often and understand the intricate balance of the musculoskeletal system, as well as the damaging effects a collision can have on the spine, joints and soft tissues. By utilizing non-invasive techniques, Dr. Garcia can restore proper alignment to your body and empower it to heal itself over time.
If you have been involved in a collision – whether recently or many months or years ago – chiropractic treatment may be able to relieve pain and symptoms associated with the accident. The sooner you seek treatment, the faster we can lead you down the road to recovery. Call Buffalo Grove Chiropractic & Wellness to schedule a consultation today and learn what it means to live a pain-free life.
What should I expect during my chiropractic appointment a Buffalo Grove Chiropractic & Wellness?
During your appointment, Dr. Garcia will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical exam. In some cases, diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI may be required. Depending on your individual diagnosis, Dr. Garcia may opt for various spinal manipulation techniques such as specific spinal manipulation, flexion-distraction technique, or instrument-assisted manipulation. He may also use manual therapies such as trigger point therapy, manual joint stretching, therapeutic massage, or instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy.