Have you ever been forced to slam on the brakes in your car? Do you remember rocking forward and back as the momentum caught up to your body? Did you experience pain afterward?
If so, you might have experienced whiplash.
Whiplash is a common condition treated by chiropractors like the professionals at ChiroPro. It is one of the most frequently diagnosed musculoskeletal conditions in the United States, with over 200,000 people having it each year. But what is it, and how can seeing a professional help?
Whiplash is a neck injury caused by the forceful back and forth motion of the head. It is often seen in car accidents when a person’s vehicle suddenly stops, but they are still forced forward by momentum. It can also be caused while playing sports, experiencing a physical accident, or even just from regular activities like dancing.
Because whiplash is a physical injury, it often comes with easy to identify symptoms. If you are experiencing more than one of these conditions, you should seek a diagnosis and treatment:
These symptoms are common because whiplash is the straining or spraining of the muscles in the neck. Sometimes you can alleviate them by applying heat or an ice pack, but it is better to seek professional treatment.
When you visit the professionals at ChiroPro, you have a couple of options available for the treatment of whiplash. First, our chiropractor will feel your neck and shoulders to identify specific, swollen areas. They will also ask questions about the cause of the injury.
Once this background information is gained, our chiropractor can perform gentle spinal manipulation. During this treatment, they will gently move the joints of the spine to reduce restriction. They also use techniques to relax the surrounding muscles and release built-up gas and tension in the joint. This reduces the pain and allows for a greater range of motion while you heal.