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Whiplash & Chiropractic Care

Whiplash & Chiropractic Care

Whether you have been involved in an auto accident, are suffering a sports injury, or dealing with work-related trauma, whiplash can leave a devastating effect on your everyday life. With 75 percent of patients dealing with whiplash symptoms for six months or longer and more than 50 percent of sufferers dealing with chronic pain 20 years after the injury, it can feel like there will never be relief for your pain.

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If you have been suffering from whiplash pain and are at your wits end with what to do next, know that there is a dedicated team of McAllen chiropractors eager to help you get your life back. Your chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center are able to deliver effective treatment and care to help you manage your pain and heal faster.

If you have been suffering from whiplash pain and other neck or back injuries, please consider the following information.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a term designated for neck strain caused by a variety of injuries. While whiplash is typically associated with car accidents, the reality is that any impact or blow that causes an individual’s head to jerk back and forth can cause serious strain and injury.

Depending on the severity of the whiplash, damage can occur to various parts of the neck or back including the muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, nerves, and/or vertebrae. If the injury causes a vertebrae to shift out of alignment, this can, in turn, aggravate nerve roots and cause physical impairment of certain bodily functions.

Frequent Whiplash Symptoms

Pain caused by whiplash is often intense and easily noticeable. Some of the most frequently mentioned symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck and shoulder pain. Neck and shoulder pain can range from mild to severe and may be felt in one area or radiate to the arm and/or hand.
  • Decreased range of motion. Reduced mobility may be caused by mechanical problems, torn ligaments, tightened muscles, or other issues. Pain may occur when moving head from side to side or backward and forward.
  • Headaches.Tightened muscles, injuries to nerves or joints, as well as torn ligaments can all lead to headaches that often start towards the base of the skull.
  • Tingling or numbness. Nerve roots can become compressed or inflamed, causing tingling or numbness around the shoulder, arm, hand, and/or fingers.

Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) is another cause for concern associated with the injury. WAD tends to affect chronic sufferers and has a variety of other symptoms that can include but not limited to:

  • Spine instability
  • Balance issues or complete loss of balance
  • Dizziness
  • Psychological and emotional changes
  • Anxiety
  • Vision problems
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

It is important to remember that these symptoms can emerge anywhere within a few hours to after a few days. If you have been involved in a serious car accident or other incident that causes whiplash, please seek medical attention immediately. Concussions (traumatic brain injuries) can also occur in certain situations.

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Diagnosing Whiplash

Seeking medical care is important when dealing with whiplash and the potential damages that it can cause. When getting diagnosed with whiplash, there are a number of processes that are likely to occur. Your primary care physician or chiropractor can help diagnose your condition by:

  • Checking your medical history.
    • Your full medical history will be reviewed along pre-existing conditions, other health considerations, pain, symptoms, and specifics regarding the injury that causes the whiplash.
  • Physical examination.
    • A physical exam is generally performed to check for posture, misalignment, abnormalities, tenderness or tightness, and range of motion. Further in-office tests will also measure reflexes, muscle power, and sensation.
  • Diagnostic imaging.
    • Depending on the circumstances of your case, the diagnosing doctor may recommend any number of diagnostic tests such as an x-ray, MRI scan, CT scan, or bone scan.

The road to recover begins with proper diagnosis of the problem. Waiting too long to seek medical care can lead to long term issues.

Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash

The McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center have a number of techniques and tools available to them to help ease the pain associated with your whiplash. Because our approach to chiropractic care is holistic, not only will you be receiving in-house treatment, but we will also prescribe a variety of tips and exercises to improve your long-term spinal health.

A few of the treatment options available to you are likely to include:

  • Adjustment – Gentle spinal manipulation to realign joints, vertebrae, and discs will help ease pain and encourage healing.
  • Instrument-assisted manipulation – Our chiropractors have a number of non-invasive tools that can be used to manipulate the spine without excessive force. This is especially beneficial for older patients.
  • Soft tissue therapy – This type of manual therapy is designed to treat soft tissues such as ligaments and muscles, and can include manual joint stretching and resistance techniques, trigger point therapy, and therapeutic massage.
  • McKenzie Exercises – These exercises are designed to help treat neck pain, and other issues with cervical discs, that can be performed both in the office and at home.
  • Ergonomic and lifestyle changes – This includes advice to address factors associated with the individuals work, home, and recreational activities.

Research has shown that chiropractic care is an excellent treatment option for acute whiplash injuries, helps to prevent chronic symptoms, and minimizes disability.

Because every case is different, your Hendrick Wellness chiropractic doctor will evaluate your condition and create a personalized treatment plan to help relieve your specific pain symptoms while restoring mobility and flexibility.

If you have suffered from a whiplash injury, there’s no reason for you to continue living with the pain. Contact Hendrick Wellness Center today for chiropractic care that will put your body and mind at ease.

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