If you have been in an accident and are suffering with whiplash, you are not alone. In fact, you are one of almost a million Americans who receive a whiplash injury each year. The resulting neck pain can leave you with few options and a lot of issues. Amazingly, many patients cannot completely define whiplash, they just know that it has something to do with neck pain. Whiplash is the collective term for an injury that affects the soft tissues of the head and neck. It is usually caused by an unexpected collision that literally whips the head either front to back or side to side. This leads to damage to supporting muscles and soft tissues such as the nerves, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and discs in the neck and shoulders. It commonly causes spinal misalignment, or what we call a “vertebral subluxation.” This is why most whiplash sufferers experience so much pain.
Not just car accidents
Most commonly, whiplash occurs in car accidents, but it is also a common result from a fall or any trauma that causes a sudden jerk of the head and neck. This includes accidents such as falling out of trees, slipping on floors, skiing or sledding accidents, and this time of year, diving accidents. Do not be misled into thinking that only high impact accidents cause whiplash. Studies have shown that a minor fender bender in a parking lot can cause a whiplash injury. Additionally, if you have ever been involved in an accident and never been evaluated, no matter how long ago it happened, it is recommended that you see your chiropractor to ensure that you have healed completely.
Symptoms of whiplash if you have been in an accident
Whiplash symptoms commonly include pain, soreness, loss of motion, and headache. Sometimes the symptoms from a whiplash injury may not surface weeks or for months. For some patients, years of improper alignment and malfunction in the spine can cause eventual breakdown to the area’s tissues and irritation to the joint and surrounding nerves, causing symptoms to appear years after an accident. Symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness; in the shoulders, arms, and hands will become manifest. If blood flow to the head is impeded or reduced, this can result in vision issues, and difficulty staying focused. Whiplash will only get worse over time if left untreated.
Chiropractic treatment for whiplash in Charlotte, NC
If you are in search of natural, drug free treatment for your whiplash injuries, it is advisable that you see your Charlotte chiropractor so that he or she can check for any damage or disease process that may be the cause of your pain. Patients visit from all over North Carolina, South Carolina, and from as far as Georgia, Florida and Virginia. Their staff and doctors will work hard to provide the best possible information and treatments to help you get back to a normal and pain free lifestyle. If you are injured or been in an accident and you want the quality chiropractic care that patients have received for so many years; call their office and schedule an appointment today. ChiroCarolina® is one of Charlotte’s top chiropractic centers; providing top chiropractic care for the uptown, NoDa, and University area- located conveniently off North Tryon Street.
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