Perhaps you’ve been in an auto accident. Perhaps you were playing a contact sport football. Perhaps you slipped and fell. Whatever the reason, your head suddenly snapped back and forth, causing whiplash. At Chiropractic USA in Pleasant Grove, UT, we have been diagnosing and treating whiplash for many years.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when the head suddenly jerks back and forth, damaging parts of the spine including the muscles, nerves, or spinal discs. This is why it is one of the most common auto injuries, since impact at even slow speeds can damage the neck and spine.
Symptoms of Whiplash
The most common symptom of whiplash is neck pain, which often gets worse if you try to move your neck. The pain forces you to keep your head and neck still. You may also get headaches, dizziness, fatigue from the pain, muscle spasms, and tingling sensations down your arms. Whiplash has also been known to cause tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. It may also cause sleep problems, blurry vision, memory problems, difficulty in concentration, increased anxiety, and mood changes.
When Whiplash Symptoms Start and End
Whiplash symptoms start anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks after whatever incident or accident happened to you. People heal differently from whiplash. Some are okay in a few weeks, while others suffer for years.
After any auto accident, sports accident, or any other kind of injury where your head was snapped back and forth, go to an emergency room to make sure you do not have a more serious injury. Diagnostic tests like a CT scan can show if you have whiplash or other serious injuries. The sooner you get your diagnosis, the sooner you can begin treatment.
Massage for Whiplash
There are many different treatments for whiplash. Perhaps Googling “massage therapy near me” is not the first thing you think of doing. Good chiropractic clinics also offer therapeutic massage to help relax muscles, and increase blood circulation, which helps to speed healing and bring back mobility. Massage can also be used with other treatments and therapies without the risk of bad interactions.
Chiropractic Care for Whiplash
Gentle spinal adjustment by a skilled chiropractor helps take pressure from damaged tissues off of your nerves. It is your nerves, after all, that send pain signals to the brain. Chiropractors can also give you exercises to do at home to keep your spine aligned.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Chiropractor in Pleasant Grove, UT for Whiplash Treatment
There’s no need to suffer from whiplash or back pain. If you live in the Pleasant Grove, UT area, contact Chiropractic USA at (801) 785-7874 to make an appointment today.