Frequently Asked Whiplash Questions at A Family Practice & Wellness Center
A blow to the neck or body can leave you with severe symptoms and disabilities, especially if that impact results in the cervical injury known as whiplash. If a recent incident has made it all but impossible for you to turn your head, work, drive, sleep, or live your everyday life without neck pain, you need to understand this condition's causes, effects, and non-surgical treatment options. Check out these answers to frequently asked whiplash questions from our Cartersville team at A Family Practice & Wellness Center.
Why Does Whiplash Occur?
Whiplash occurs when momentum force or a direct impact causes your head to wrench back and forth at high speed. You can get whiplash from a sports injury, workplace mishap, or personal injury at home. However, many people associate it with an automotive collision. Even a low-speed collision can throw your head around so strongly that it damages your neck muscles, discs, and vertebral alignment.
What Symptoms Can You Experience from Whiplash?
The classic symptoms of whiplash include severe neck stiffness and neck pain, as well as shoulder pain, headache and migraine problems, blurred vision, cognitive problems, low back pain, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). You may also struggle with pain or numbness in a hand or arm, the result of nerve compression from a herniated disc or misaligned neck vertebrae.
When Should You Seek a Chiropractic Evaluation for Whiplash?
It can take 40 hours or longer for the shock of an accident to wear off and for symptoms to set in. Don't let a lack of symptoms keep you from seeking an immediate evaluation. Otherwise, your injury may grow worse without your realizing it.
How Does Your Chiropractic Team Diagnose Whiplash?
Our chiropractic team can diagnose whiplash by evaluating your symptoms and any recent collision or other incident you may have experienced. Diagnostic imaging technologies can reveal any changes to your cervical spine that may produce your specific symptoms.
What Methods Can Your Team Use to Treat Whiplash?
Our chiropractor can use cervical spinal adjustments to correct imbalances in your vertebrae safely and gently. These adjustments restore your neck to its normal curvature, relieve nerve compression, and help your neck muscles recover from acute strain, easing headache and migraine symptoms as well as neck pain and back pain. Our medical, massage, therapy, and physical therapy practitioners may also contribute to your holistic, personalized whiplash treatment.
We're Your Cartersville Whiplash Solution
A Family Practice & Wellness Center has your whiplash answers. Call 770-386-5262 today or use our online appointment form to schedule an evaluation!