Have you sustained a whiplash injury? Dr. Bryan Staker and the team at Fifth Avenue Chiropractic in Chambersburg, PA, provide natural healing techniques to provide comprehensive and lasting relief.
Whiplash and Chiropractic Care
Whiplash is one of the most common auto injuries, though it also occurs in sports injuries and other incidents involving force. The force causes the neck to move beyond its normal range of motion, which typically causes small tears in the soft tissues. This injury is one that causes a great deal of suffering and should be treated as soon as possible to prevent ongoing pain and discomfort. Dr. Staker and the team at Fifth Avenue Chiropractic in Chambersburg, PA, explain how chiropractic care can ensure proper and faster healing from whiplash and more below.
Symptoms of Whiplash
One of the most common and usually most noticeable signs of whiplash is neck stiffness. While it can certainly be debilitating, stiffness is just one of many potential symptoms. You might also suffer from:
- Ringing in the ears
- Trouble concentrating or sleeping
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Blurry vision
- Issues with your memory
How Chiropractors Treat Whiplash
Whiplash is an injury that requires a slow, progressive treatment plan. The stiffness in the neck can make most treatment techniques intolerable. Therefore, stiffness and inflammation must be treated first.
Chiropractors use various methods for addressing soft tissue injuries, including but not limited to chiropractic massage and SoftWave therapy. SoftWave therapy utilizes shock waves to penetrate the soft tissues to stimulate cellular healing and repair. Chiropractic massage helps relieve tension and restore range of motion. Therapeutic exercises are also typically utilized to stretch and strengthen the neck and shoulders.
Once the stiffness and inflammation have been reduced, your chiropractor will add other techniques to your treatment plan. Often, the inflammation caused by whiplash covers up other injuries, such as misalignment and herniated discs.
Chiropractic adjustments are essential, as they can restore alignment to the neck and back to relieve pressure on the muscles, discs, and nerves. Spinal decompression therapy is utilized to gently stretch the spinal column, relieve tension, pull herniated discs back in, and relieve nerve compression.
These are a few of the most common techniques used in whiplash treatment plans. However, your treatment plan will be designed around your specific needs, symptoms, and injuries.
Don’t let whiplash symptoms steal another moment of your life. Call (717) 263-6101 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Staker and the team at Fifth Avenue Chiropractic in Chambersburg, PA, today.