Whiplash and How We Can Help
Whiplash is a common condition in car accident injuries but can also occur from fast-moving sports or a high fall. In all these cases, whiplash is a condition caused by forces violently whipping the head back and forth. Whiplash trauma can be excruciating because the soft tissue around the neck gets most of the impact. More than one direction change can happen in an accident, causing what is known as a whiplash effect of a back and forth damaging motion. However, the damage from whiplash may be minor and go unnoticed, eventually leading to health complications later in life. If you have been in an auto accident, our team at A Family Practice & Wellness Center in Cartersville is here to help assess the damage and find the treatment that works for you.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Aside from neck pain and back pain being obvious whiplash symptoms, you may also experience difficulty moving your neck or a general numbness, tingling, or weakness in the neck. People will often experience headaches or migraines from whiplash. A subtle symptom of whiplash is a change in mood. If you find yourself irritable or depressed post-accident, it may be caused by your neck's nerves negatively affecting your health. Whiplash can also lead to you developing tinnitus, memory problems, or difficulty concentrating.
Chiropractic treatment for whiplash starts with a physical examination. The first thing that our team will do is examine the spine and the neck to determine the injury's exact location. After the area is determined and the injury is diagnosed, the patient is offered a personalized treatment plan. A typical whiplash treatment plan includes the following procedures and chiropractic techniques:
Muscle stimulation and relaxation - With the help of finger techniques and gentle stretches, a chiropractic specialist reduces muscle tension and provides pain relief.
Spinal adjustments – Hands-on manipulation is used to realign neck joints back into proper placement.
Instrument-assisted therapy – Our team may use different instruments for treating affected soft tissues.
Specific trigger point therapy - The purpose of this chiropractic technique is to stimulate the nervous system to reinstate proper spine motion.
Contact Us to See How We Help Patients Suffering from Neck and Back Pain in Cartersville
If you have sustained an injury caused by an accident and are still experiencing pain or discomfort, it is time to see a specialist. Our chiropractors at A Family Practice & Wellness Center provides a range of chiropractic services to patients in and around the Cartersville area. Contact us at (770) 386-5262 to find out how we can help you get back to living pain-free.