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Posted on 12-10-2014

Most car accidents often involve an abrupt stop, which causes the head to jerk forward or backward quickly. This motion can cause whiplash, which can be moderately to extremely painful. Whiplash can involve damage to the intervertebral joints, spinal discs, neck muscles and/or nerves.

Symptoms

Whiplash can cause a variety of symptoms, the most common being neck pain and headaches. Sufferers of whiplash can also experience pain in the shoulders or upper back, low back pain and loss of feeling in the arm and/or hand. Other symptoms include dizziness, trouble focusing or recalling things, annoyance and lack of sleep. Because of the varying intensity of these symptoms, it is important to see a chiropractor before symptoms get out of your control and negatively affect your day-to-day life.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Most cases of whiplash involve injuries to soft tissue, such as discs, muscles and ligaments, which cannot typically be seen on X-rays. CT and MRI scans can diagnose whiplash, but often

the symptoms are enough to tell that your neck pain or headaches is the result of whiplash. There are a variety of treatments for whiplash, but the best choice is often chiropractic care.

Chiropractors are experts dealing with neck and back injuries, and are capable of helping you through physical therapy and manual manipulation until your pain decreases. If your whiplash turns into chronic pain, even with the help of a chiropractor, they will be excellent resources for recommending further medical treatment.

Sufferers of whiplash often resort to continual pain medication. Instead of taking medication regularly, a chiropractor can help you manage your pain and heal your injury through natural, easy treatments. Chronic pain is never something you want to live with; it is vitally important to seek out chiropractic care immediately after a car accident to ensure that your whiplash will be easily treated.

Dr. Heath Gallentine

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