When most people think of a whiplash injury, they think of a rear impact car crash. Car accidents often result in whiplash, and it can be quite difficult to treat. The injury happens primarily in the neck and is caused by a sudden jerk forward that is quickly followed by the reverse movement back. It also comes from a side impact as well. In addition to auto accidents, other traumas, such as a sports-related accident can also result in whiplash. Among the most effective and common places to seek out whiplash treatment is with chiropractic care in Charlottesville, VA.
What Does Whiplash Feel Like?
Whiplash is actually one of the more common injuries with a delayed reaction, so when this injury first happens, you may not even feel like it. It is one of the reasons that we at Cox Chiropractic Clinic in Charlottesville, VA urge you to come in for an evaluation after a car accident because damage is often present before you can feel it, and by conducting an examination we can identify the source and get started on treatment before the pain and discomfort really starts to begin.
Neck pain and stiffness are the most common symptoms of whiplash, but it is not uncommon for that pain to radiate into the back of the head, causing headaches or for it to be felt in the shoulders, upper back, and arms as well. This can manifest as either pain or numbness. The primary neck pain may also include a limited ability to move the neck, with increased pain for those who try.
Some people experience other symptoms as well that may be more difficult to understand, including trouble sleeping, fatigue, dizziness and vision problems as well as ringing in the ears. Some have even reported brain-related issues including problems focusing and depression after experiencing whiplash.
Getting Chiropractic Care in Charlottesville VA for Whiplash
Since whiplash doesn't result in major symptoms right away for many people, some may assume that symptoms of the injury will go away on their own over time. Unfortunately, it is highly likely that the opposite will be true. Left untreated, the pain from whiplash and related injuries actually intensify over time.
At Cox, we make full use of a variety of diagnostic tools, such as X-rays, CT scans and MRIs in order to determine the extent of your injury and prescribe the appropriate treatment. While we encourage patients to be active when possible, soft cervical collars (neck braces) are often used to immobilize the area during the first stage of healing. Spinal manipulation is often used to help the neck get back to its regular positioning and other treatments, such as exercises and trigger point therapy may be added to help restore proper circulation and range of motion.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you've experienced an accident or incident that has resulted in whiplash symptoms, or could conceivably result in symptoms in the near future, it is important to find out the root cause and treat it as soon as possible. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment for whiplash treatment, contact us at Cox Chiropractic Clinic in Charlottesville, VA at (434) 293-6165.