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WHAT IS WHIPLASH? 

Whiplash occurs when the neck undergoes rapid, forceful movements, often due to car accidents. Depending on the impact direction, your neck can jerk backward and forward or from side to side, causing muscle pain and tenderness.

The front neck muscles, about the size of a pointer finger, typically feel sore after an accident, especially where they connect to the clavicle and just below the earlobe. The rear neck muscles, starting from the base of the head and extending down the back, may also become tender, particularly at the base of the head and where the neck meets the shoulders.

Car accident injury
Back pain, neck pain
Car dashboard

Researchers attribute whiplash to the neck moving beyond its normal range of motion, damaging ligaments and muscles. In severe cases, spinal disks can also be stretched or torn, leading to long-term issues, as seen in MRI or imaging studies.

It's essential to note that whiplash symptoms may not appear immediately after an accident, sometimes taking up to 24 hours to manifest. While painkillers may provide temporary relief, they don't address the root cause of whiplash. Seeking prompt medical attention is crucial to prevent further complications.

Medical doctors often address these symptoms with rest and a range of medications, from over-the-counter options like Advil and Tylenol to stronger prescription medications. While painkillers can help alleviate discomfort, they don't directly address the underlying issue of whiplash or aid in its repair. 

​HOW DO CHIROPRACTORS ASSESS WHIPLASH AND NECK PAIN?

As a chiropractor, when you come to me with whiplash and neck pain, I'll start by closely examining your x-rays or MRI scans and conducting a thorough physical assessment. Understanding your pain is crucial, and it's something we'll discuss together. Taking the time to accurately document your injury is essential for insurance claims or legal proceedings.

I'll assess the nature of your pain, including whether it's intermittent or constant, its characteristics (like stabbing or burning sensations), what triggers it, when it's most pronounced during the day, and its intensity on a scale from 0 to 10. Once I have a clear picture of your condition, I'll inquire about any previous treatments or medications you've tried.

HOW DO CHIROPRACTORS TREAT WHIPLASH?

Treating whiplash requires a comprehensive approach that combines chiropractic care, physical therapy, stretching, and exercise. We start by thoroughly assessing your injury, conducting orthopedic, neurological, and spinal examinations, and utilizing diagnostic imaging like X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to pinpoint the exact location and severity of your neck pain.

 

Based on this assessment, we develop a personalized treatment plan focused on reducing pain, inflammation, and stabilizing your neck to prevent further damage. We also provide exercises for you to perform at home to support your recovery and prevent future issues.

 

Neck stretch
Chiropractic adjustment
Back massage

 

During each visit, we integrate chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and massage therapy to enhance the effectiveness of treatment. Physical therapy includes tailored exercises performed under the guidance of our physiotherapist, while massage therapy targets damaged tissue for relaxation and healing.

If you're seeking effective treatment for whiplash injuries in Lakeland, our auto accident chiropractic clinic is here to provide comprehensive care. Don't hesitate to reach out—I'm eager to help you feel better and restore movement and health to your neck safely and effectively.

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