Those who have been in auto accidents know that injuries can pop up days, even months later. You may leave the scene of the accident thinking you feel fine, but later, you notice your neck is sore, your shoulders ache, or you have a headache. What could it be? You may have suffered an auto accident injury known as whiplash.
If you have been in an auto accident, visiting a chiropractor may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Our chiropractors at Delmarva Chiropractic P.C. in Salisbury, MD, take a holistic view of your health and wellness. Instead of just masking the pain with medication, they get to the bottom of what is causing your pain to stop it.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash can occur when your car is hit, and the impact of a crash throws your head forward, then snaps it back. The movement is what gives whiplash its name because it is like snapping a whip. This sudden motion is something your body isn't used to, and it can damage various parts of your body.
It can also happen when your body jerks forward, but your head does not and causes damage to your discs and joints.
Another type of whiplash can occur when your head slams backward and damages soft tissue in the front of your neck.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
Some symptoms of whiplash are:
- Pain when moving your neck
- Stiffness in the neck
- Numbness or tingling in the arms
- Tenderness in your neck, shoulders, back, or arms
- Loss of range of motion
You may also suffer from memory problems, tinnitus, blurred vision, depression, irritability, trouble concentrating, and problems sleeping.
What Can Chiropractic Care Do for Me?
Your first visit will include an evaluation of your current physical condition by considering all aspects of your lifestyle and health. Our chiropractor talks to you about not just pain but asks questions about the accident, your job, and things you do from day to day. We may need to take X-rays to check for a concussion or other physical damage. Finally, our chiropractor will develop a specialized treatment plan to help relieve pain or prevent it in the future.
Treatment plans to provide relief can include spinal adjustments to realign joints, gentle stretches to stimulate muscles, massage therapy to loosen tightened muscles, and exercises you can do in the office or at home.
Chiropractic Treatment for Auto Injuries
If you are in an auto accident, don't wait until you feel in pain to visit Delmarva Chiropractic P.C. in Salisbury, MD. Our chiropractors are familiar with the symptoms associated with auto accidents and can provide quick relief. Call (410) 219-5155 today.