Three Ways Chiropractic Care Helps Treat Whiplash
Being involved in a car accident can be downright scary. Some car accidents can happen so quickly that they appear to be over before you even get a chance to realize what’s going on. One thing that tends to happen to most people in those quick moments is whiplash: the sudden back-and-forth movement of the neck in a whip-like fashion. In fact, whiplash is the most common injury we see in our clinic from patients involved in an automobile accident.
When whiplash occurs, muscles and ligaments in the neck are stretched past their normal range of motion. Pain won’t always occur right away, like it would with a fractured bone, which leads people to falsely believe that they didn’t sustain any injuries. However, pain from whiplash usually sets in in the following days and, if left untreated, can persist for a very long time.
Thankfully, chiropractic care can help. At StoneBridge Chiropractic we’ve helped many patients who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents. Here are three ways chiropractic care tends to help people who are suffering from whiplash symptoms:
1. Pain Reduction
This is the clear and obvious reason everyone seeks out chiropractic care: Help me get out of pain! And thankfully, chiropractic care has been shown to do just that. The path to recovery isn’t always a straight line from point A to point B; there can be some ups and downs along the way, especially with auto accidents. Chiropractic care helps people recover faster and reduces the number of setbacks (ie. down days) that people would otherwise experience.
2. Increased Function
One of the major setbacks that people will experience from whiplash is a decrease in their neck’s range of motion. Looking over one’s shoulder when checking their blindspot when driving can be a very challenging example. Chiropractic care helps restore the neck’s natural range of motion after sustaining damage from injuries like whiplash.
3. Decreased Headaches
Many people suffering from whiplash pain also suffer from headaches. If not for other reasons (ex. hitting their head), whiplash tends to cause cervicogenic headaches: structural damage in the neck that causes a headache. Therefore, chiropractic care to the neck can help decrease headache symptoms and severity.
If you’ve been involved in an automobile accident, don’t wait to be seen. Some injuries, like whiplash, can take time to develop in severity if left untreated. At StoneBridge Chiropractic we offer free consultations. Give us a call today.
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