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February 20, 2019
Our necks are crucial because they are what connects our heads and our bodies. Damage to the neck can be extremely painful and result in long-lasting effects. Whether you are in a car accident, suffer a sports injury, or are the victim of assault, harsh physical trauma can affect your neck and spine in numerous ways. It is crucial that you seek medical care as soon as the injury happens, even if you are still pumped with adrenaline and don’t feel the pain. A chiropractor can help you identify where the injury is and determine how severe it is.
Results of Whiplash
The most common reason for whiplash is due to car accidents where the head is jerked violently forward then back again. Some things that might happen include disc bulges, herniation, misalignment of the vertebrae in your spine, injured spinal bones, damaged nerves, and pulled ligaments or muscles in the neck.
Whiplash can range from mild symptoms to more severe injuries. Whatever the case, it is recommended that you seek chiropractic care in order to determine whether or not you have a serious injury or not. You will need a thorough examination and possibly some x-rays in order to really know the damage that the impact caused. If you feel like your injury was mild, you may be experiencing some neck pain, headaches, blurred vision, pain in areas around your neck when moving, dizziness, an inability to turn your head, numbness, ringing ears, insomnia, and even depression.
The chiropractor will first check your spine as a whole after you experienced trauma in your neck. Since other regions might be affected, even though the pain is in your neck, it is necessary that they assess your entire spine on your first visit. The chiropractor will then identify whether or not there are any restrictions in your joint movement. They will check and feel for tenderness, tightness, and irregular movement. They may check your pain points as well or ask to perform an x-ray in order to get a better look. They will then evaluate any pain around the injury site and evaluate your body’s overall mechanics and alignment of your spine. After a full evaluation, they will then give you a diagnosis. Then, your chiropractor will begin to make up a treatment plan for your specific case and unique needs.
You should not wait for the symptoms to get worse before visiting your chiropractor. Whether your symptoms are serious or not, you should be examined by a medical professional who can let you know whether or not your injuries need further treatment. It is crucial that you get yourself checked as soon as possible, even if you don’t feel symptoms right away. Since there is a lot of nerves and soft tissue involved, it is best to get relief and treatment as soon as possible so that you can make a full recovery. Treatment can include massage therapy, braces for your neck, icing, medication for the pain, topical pain relievers, ultrasound, heat compression, and many other alternatives, depending on your case.