Why You Shouldn't Wait to Seek Treatment for Whiplash

Why You Shouldn't Wait to Seek Treatment for Whiplash

Whiplash is a common side effect of car accidents and falls. If you experience such events, it’s best to seek professional attention to prevent serious complications that whiplash can cause.

At Bishops Corner Family Chiropractic, our experienced chiropractor, Kevin R. Barry, DC, provides comprehensive care for whiplash injuries, including diagnostic evaluations and personalized chiropractic treatments.

What to know about whiplash

Whiplash is an injury to your cervical spine that occurs with a forceful back-and-forth movement of your neck, similar to cracking a whip. This type of injury can damage the soft tissues in your neck and the bones in your upper spine.

Often, people with whiplash may not feel like anything is wrong at first because symptoms develop later. As a result of whiplash, you might experience:

If there’s pressure on the nerves in your neck due to tissue inflammation, you might also experience weakness, numbness, or tingling in your neck, arms, or back.

Untreated whiplash can lead to complications like worsening neck pain, loss of range of motion, or damage to the structures in your upper spine.

When to seek treatment for whiplash

Even though symptoms of whiplash may not be immediate, you should still schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Bishops Corner Family Chiropractic soon after an auto accident, sports injury, or another event that affects your neck.

If you don’t seek an immediate evaluation, make an appointment as soon as you notice neck stiffness, dizziness, or other whiplash symptoms.

Dr. Barry performs a physical exam of your upper spine. He may also order X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests to get a closer look at the bones and tissues in your neck.

Based on your test results, he customizes a care plan to ease any symptoms you have and protect the function of your upper spine.

Treatment options for whiplash injuries

Because whiplash can move your spinal vertebrae out of alignment, Dr. Barry may begin your treatment with a chiropractic adjustment. He uses noninvasive techniques to adjust your spine and reduce pressure on surrounding nerves.

If you have inflammation or tears in the soft tissues of your neck, you may need to start a rehabilitation program to support their healing. The program may include exercises to strengthen your neck and upper back muscles. Dr. Barry may also recommend therapeutic massages to improve blood flow to your neck and keep your muscles free of tension.

We can also recommend nutritional improvements and lifestyle changes to support your healing. You should practice good posture and get enough rest to give your tissues time to heal.

Many people recover fully from whiplash injuries with prompt treatment. Our chiropractic services ensure that your spine is aligned so you can regain full function in your back and neck. You may also benefit from regular chiropractic adjustments and massages to prevent headaches and neck stiffness resulting from persistent muscle tension.

Don’t put off an evaluation for whiplash symptoms. Call Bishops Corner Family Chiropractic in West Hartford, Connecticut to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today. 

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