While many people may be aware of the injury called whiplash, you might not know how bad it is for your health. This article is focused on the basic knowledge about whiplash and how it can be handled effectively by a Chiropractor in Cary.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury of the neck that damages the cervical portion of the spine. To visualize whiplash, consider the movement of a cracking whip – a roll forward, then a quick snapback. That is how the neck injury in a whiplash occurs.
What Injuries are Possible?
Since many factors are involved, the chances of multiple injuries are high. For example, whiplash can result in stretched or torn ligaments and tendons, a decrease in the scope of movement, and soft tissue damage. In some cases, nerve and disc damage can occur.
Symptoms of Whiplash
- Neck pain
- Hazy Vision
- Improper sleep cycles
- Lack of focus or concentration
- Depressive thoughts
Causes of Whiplash
Inherently, whiplash is associated with abrupt back and forth motion of the neck. So, it can occur due to any event that involves harsh movements of the neck. Whiplash usually occurs as a result of trauma after car accidents, especially rear-end impacts. Other causes of whiplash include physical abuse (i.e., being punched or shaken), contact sports (especially boxing, karate & football), a blow to the head with a heavy object, and horseback riding or cycling falls.
Since whiplash can involve different injuries in different people, an individualized care plan is a necessity. A care plan may include chiropractic care, which is regarded as a natural treatment for neck pain, particularly for whiplash. A chiropractic correction improves the joint’s flexibility and balances its range of motion.
Often chronic stress from pain gets accumulated in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons preventing the normal range of motion. Chiropractic massage and manipulation release that built-up tension and restores normal functioning.
A chiropractor can also recommend additional appropriate measures and modalities such as activity modification, ice, stretching. Promoting lymph flow speeds up the healing process.
The body is capable of healing on its own by just balancing the spinal alignments and that chiropractic care does very well.