Whiplash is a common result of car accidents and personal injuries, though it can cause lasting, chronic pain if left untreated. The team at Premier Chiropractic in Pearland, Texas, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of whiplash injuries to help you recover and return to normal. The chiropractic and medical team offers comprehensive, personalized care for all causes of whiplash. Schedule a visit today by calling or booking online.
Whiplash is a type of injury to the muscles and ligaments of the spine that occurs when the head is quickly whipped backward and then forward. Most often, whiplash injuries occur during car accidents, though they can also occur after falling, riding a roller coaster, or playing sports.
When the head is jerked backward and then forward, it causes increased forces and tension on the tiny muscles and ligaments that surround and support the spine. Whiplash can even occur in low-speed car accidents under 20 miles per hour. Left untreated, whiplash can cause long-term stiffness, instability, and neck pain.
While some signs of whiplash are obvious — including neck pain — other symptoms may be mistaken for simple muscle tension if you’re not properly evaluated by the team at Premier Chiropractic. Common signs of whiplash include:
In more severe cases, whiplash can also cause ringing in the ears, sleep issues, irritability, and mental health problems. Because whiplash injuries are more complex than simple muscle strains or ligaments sprains, the Premier Chiropractic team has advanced training in diagnosis and treatment of whiplash injuries after car accidents and other personal injury accidents.
A whiplash treatment plan is developed based on the severity of your injury, your symptoms, and any necessary X-rays. Often, the first steps of treatment are decreasing your pain and improving your range of motion.
As you recover from the pain, the team incorporates exercises and stretches to improve your flexibility and the strength of the muscles surrounding your neck. This adds protection and stability to your neck and can prevent reaggravation of your condition.
Depending on the extent of your whiplash injuries, treatment may last a few weeks to more than a month, especially if you’re experiencing neurological symptoms like numbness and tingling. Without treatment, your symptoms may become chronic.
Don’t suffer from whiplash symptoms, get the care you need at Premier Chiropractic by scheduling a visit online or by phone now.