Whiplash Treatment at West Buffalo Chiropractic
One of the most common injuries sustained during a car accident is whiplash. This injury occurs when your neck is forcefully pushed backward and forward, similar to the way that a whip cracks. This injury is typical in rear-end car accidents and is also common in sports accidents and during an abusive attack. Fortunately, our auto accident chiropractor at West Buffalo Chiropractic can treat whiplash.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
In some cases, the symptoms of whiplash can come on instantly. In others, it can take up to 24-hours for the symptoms to develop. The symptoms include:
- Neck pain
- Stiffness in the neck
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Headaches that occur at the base of the skull
- Pain or tenderness in the upper back, shoulders, and arms
- Numbness in the arms
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in the ears
How Is Whiplash Diagnosed?
Whiplash can be diagnosed during a physical exam. First, your doctor will ask you about the events surrounding your injury as well as the symptoms that you are experiencing.
The doctor will need to perform a physical exam to determine:
- The degree of pain or tenderness in your neck, back and shoulders
- The degree of range of motion that you have in your neck and shoulders
- The amount of pain that you suffer when moving your neck and shoulders
- Your strength, sensation, and reflexes in your limbs
Your doctor may also order an X-ray, CT scan, or an MRI. Whiplash will not show up on the scans; however, they may be ordered to rule out fractures, dislocations, damage to the soft tissue, and spinal cord damage.
How Is Whiplash Treated?
Immediately following the accident, there are a few treatment methods that your doctor will use to control the pain and stiffness.
- Rest: Rest is essential during the first 24-hours.
- Pain medication: Your doctor may prescribe an over the counter pain reliever or a prescription pain reliever to make you more comfortable.
- Muscle relaxers: A muscle relaxer may be prescribed to loosen tight muscles and prevent muscle spasms.
- Heat or cold: Applying either heat or cold to your neck for 15 minutes at a time can help with the pain and stiffness.
These methods of treatment will provide short-term relief. To treat your pain long-term, you should see a chiropractor. A chiropractor can perform joint manipulation techniques. They can also perform a spinal adjustment. This can help relieve your pain as well as your other symptoms.
If you have suffered an auto accident injury, schedule an appointment with West Buffalo Chiropractic. We can create a treatment plan to help treat your pain. After your first visit, you should start feeling some relief. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 716-248-2825!