Whiplash is primarily a neck injury that people suffer when their head and neck are forcefully thrown in one direction and then suddenly in another. Whiplash is the most common injury that our chiropractors treat patients for at Chiropractic Health Center in Duluth after they have been in an auto accident. The injury generally consists of neck pain, upper back pain, headaches originating from the base of the skull, loss of range of motion of the head and neck, pain tingling, numbness, and weakness in an arm and a hand.
Treatment of Whiplash Injuries
Just as every person is different, every whiplash injury is different as well. Although there are different ways that a chiropractor can treat whiplash, there are some common objectives. Our approach to chiropractic care and treatment is to reduce the patient's neck pain and back pain as quickly as possible. The customized treatment plan may include one or more of the following:
- Chiropractic Adjustments: Our primary treatment for the dysfunction of neck vertebrae caused by a whiplash injury is a chiropractic adjustment. A displaced neck vertebra is likely the cause of a patient's whiplash symptoms. Our chiropractors will carefully and gently adjust a displaced vertebra back into its proper position. This relieves painful pressure on the spinal nerves.
- Relaxing and Stretching Muscles: Muscle dysfunction is also caused by a whiplash injury. In the context of treating the affected muscles, our chiropractors will carefully stretch them to relieve excessive tension or spasms. If a muscle is knotted, trigger point treatments using a finger pressure technique directly on that knot might be used for treatment.
- Electronic Muscle Stimulation: This therapy involves a painless electrical current to stimulate the injured muscles. The electrical current rapidly relaxes and contracts the muscles to enhance their rehabilitation and increase their range of motion. The therapy can also be used to manipulate nerves to reduce pain.
- Home Exercises: Effective whiplash treatment will also consist of restoring the patient's range of motion and function. Home stretching and strengthening exercises are recommended between visits with our chiropractors. Once our chiropractor has returned the vertebrae to their proper positions, strong muscles will help keep them there and help prevent further injury.
Treatment for Auto Accident Injuries in Duluth, MN
Nearly all whiplash injuries are to the neck, the spinal nerves, muscles, and ligaments. Chiropractic care is an effective non-invasive and drug-free treatment for whiplash. After your examination, one of our chiropractors will determine the source of your pain and treat the source rather than its symptoms. Call us right away at Chiropractic Health Center at (218) 628-0646 after suffering a whiplash injury. Small adjustments coupled with other therapies can make a world of difference in reducing pain and helping you along on your road to recovery.