Whiplash is a common injury that can happen due to a car accident or a fall and lead to neck pain. However, if the pain is not treated, it can become chronic and cause further complications. At Aim High Health in Denver, Wheat Ridge, and Aurora, CO, we treat whiplash and other injuries with chiropractic care. Before you visit us, learn more about this condition below:
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when your neck moves back and forth forcefully, which can strain the muscles, nerves, and ligaments in the neck. The condition commonly happens during a car accident. Even when the vehicle comes to a sudden stop, your head still keeps moving forward and backward. However, whiplash can also be caused by sports injuries and other types of trauma.
Symptoms of Whiplash
The most common symptom of whiplash is neck pain and stiffness. You may also have stiffness and pain in your shoulders and upper back. The discomfort may be worse when you move your neck and you might have a limited range of motion. Some individuals also experience pain in their arms, hands, and lower back. Some additional symptoms include headaches, dizziness, blurry vision, ringing in your ears, and fatigue.
Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash
Our chiropractors may use several techniques to help you recover from whiplash. Some treatments we utilize include:
Spinal manipulation is typically the first treatment used for whiplash. Our chiropractors will use gentle movements and pressure to realign the vertebrae in your neck and spine. The method improves your nervous system function, relieves pain, reduces inflammation, and increases your range of motion.
Massage therapy can also be beneficial for whiplash. Pain from whiplash can often be due to tight or sore muscles. Massage therapy relaxes these muscles, which helps relieve the pain. It also increases blood flow and lymphatic drainage, reduces inflammation, promotes healing, and reduces stress.
Spinal decompression can also help with whiplash injuries. Our chiropractor will use a specialized table to create small movements, which relieve pressure in the spine and allows bulging discs or herniated discs to retract to their correct position. Spinal decompression can also relax tight muscles and improve the flow of blood and nutrients in the spine to help you heal faster.
Acupuncture is another effective treatment for whiplash. The method utilizes thin needles that are inserted into the skin at specific points to release endorphins. Along with that, acupuncture reduces inflammation in the affected region, improves nervous system function, and helps your mind and body to relax.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
If you have pain from whiplash, let our team at Aim High Health in Denver, Wheat Ridge, and Aurora, CO, help. After an evaluation, we can provide the necessary treatment that can relieve your discomfort and help your body heal. To schedule your appointment, contact us today!