Whiplash is a neck injury that results from a rapid movement of the neck in the forward position (flexion) to back position (extension) or from the side to side position. Whiplash most often occurs during motor vehicle accidents, but can also occur during sports injuries and trauma.
What are some of the symptoms of whiplash?
- Neck pain
- Muscle spasms
- Neck or arm numbness
- Loss of neck movement (Decrease range of motion)
- Ringing of the ears
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory difficulties
- Difficulty sleeping
Who should I see if I suffered a whiplash injury?
If you suspect that you have suffered a whiplash injury, it is recommended that you be examined by a Chiropractor, Primary Physician or an Orthopedist. If treatment is avoided, the individual who has suffered from whiplash may suffer from long term damage.
How can Chiropractic help with whiplash?
Chiropractic care has shown to be very affective when treating whiplash injuries, preventing the patients’ condition from becoming chronic and minimizing the disability that may result from that injury. Chiropractors are extensively trained in treating musculoskeletal injuries and have the ability to prescribe and order diagnostic tests. After performing a thorough examination, a Chiropractor may utilize an x-ray or MRI (if medically necessary) do help determine the severity of the whiplash and what treatment protocol the Chiropractor may use. The neck has a natural curve that needs to be maintained so that the nervous system and neck muscles can function properly. X-rays or MRI’s will show if the injured individual has lost or reversed the curve of their neck during that whiplash injury. Chiropractic care will help reduce the pain and spasms by utilizing many forms of treatment. Chiropractors may utilize spinal manipulation (adjustment), traction, posture corrective techniques, heat or ice, strengthening exercises, therapeutic ultrasound, massage, electric muscle stimulation and ergonomic changes to help with whiplash injuries. The combination of treatments and the length of treatment may be different for each patient, based on the severity of their injury. Chiropractors commonly work with other medical specialist like Orthopedist, Internist, Neurologist, Nurse practitioners and Physiatrist, if considered appropriate based on each individual case.
Nutrition and Inflammation from whiplash and trauma.
Research has shown that utilizing quality fish oils in the first few weeks of trauma can help reduce the inflammatory response from the trauma. Other studies have also shown that utilizing Glutathione, Vitamin C, Selenium, Magnesium, Broccoli extract, Curcumin and Green tea may also benefit with reducing inflammation after a trauma.
Thanks to our friends and contributors from Setauket Chiropractic & Wellness for their insight into whiplash treatment.