chiropractic care for whiplash

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Turning to chiropractic care for whiplash speeds recovery

When you seek chiropractic care for whiplash after an automobile accident, you give your body its best chance to recover fully, without the use of drugs and without surgery. Routine examinations at a Charlotte NC emergency room immediately following an accident can sometimes convince patients they have escaped injury, especially if x-rays show no broken bones. All too often, patients simply accept the pain medications offered, and go home to wait until they feel better. If your auto accident has resulted in a whiplash injury, however, not only will pain medications fail to correct your injury, they will mask the signals your body is sending you: Something is not working properly. It’s time to do something.

Symptoms of whiplash

Some symptoms of whiplash may not appear for 24 hours or more after the initial trauma. Typically, people who experience whiplash develop one or more of the following symptoms, usually within the first few days after the injury. Neck pain and stiffness; headaches; pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades; low back pain; pain or numbness in the arm or hand; dizziness; fatigue; irritability; sleep disturbances; difficulty concentrating or remembering. Many, if not most of these symptoms, are due to collateral effects of injury rather than direct trauma. Most whiplash pain can be attributed to an interference in the workings of a central nervous system whose signals are impeded by nerve irritation, which in turn is brought on by spinal misalignment or swelling of injured tissue. When your Charlotte chiropractor manipulates or adjusts the affected portion of your spine, he or she helps the entire affected area to heal.

Chiropractic care for whiplash corrects, not masks, injury

Chiropractic care for whiplash goes right to the cause of painful symptoms, and puts its focus on helping your body to recover from trauma to the joints in your spine and affected discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots which may have become damaged. Whiplash injury is caused by the abrupt backward and forward, or side to side, jerking motion of the head which so often occurs as a result of a car accident. This violent motion causes damage or injury. In the early stages of management, it is very important for your chiropractor to reduce pain and other collateral symptoms of whiplash. By relieving painful swelling, neck pain, and back pain, your chiropractor helps to create an environment for healing.

Whiplash and back pain treatment

Chiropractic treatment for whiplash is pretty straightforward. While appropriate treatment is unique to each whiplash or injury and is directed at the primary dysfunction or misalignment detected during the chiropractic exam, the methods Charlotte chiropractors typically use for whiplash include manipulation, muscle relaxation, muscle stimulation, various exercises, and ergonomic and lifestyle changes.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, chiropractic care for whiplash may be the vehicle to get you back on the road again. Contact the caring doctors of chiropractic at ChiroCarolina® in Charlotte NC, and ask for an examination to see if chiropractic care for whiplash can help you.

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