Whiplash and Chiropractic Care: Breaux Bridge and Lafayette, Louisiana
Whiplash is a generic term applied to injuries of the neck caused when the neck is suddenly and/or violently jolted in one direction and then another, creating a whip-like movement. Whiplash is most commonly seen in people involved in motor vehicle accidents, but it can also occur from falls, sports injuries, work injuries, and other incidents. The injury can describe both bone structure and soft tissue damage. Symptoms of whiplash include: neck and shoulder pain, headache, fatigue, dizziness, arm pain and weakness, ringing in the ear and back pain.
Headache, especially at the base of the skull, is also a common symptom, seen in more than two thirds of patients. These headaches may be one-sided (unilateral) or experienced on both sides (bilateral). In addition, the pain and stiffness may extend down into the shoulders and arms, upper back, and even the upper chest.
How Chiropractic Can Help with Whiplash
Fortunately, whiplash is not life threatening. However, it is not an ailment that should be ignored as over time, it can lead to a prolonged period of partial disability, and the discomfort of whiplash can be immense.
Chiropractic treatment is unique to each whiplash injury, so a specific treatment can’t be generalized. Common treatments that have proven effective, however, include manipulation, muscle relaxation and stimulation, and various exercises. These whiplash treatments train the nervous system to better coordinate and control movement patterns, improving the ability of the neck muscles to maintain the stability of the neck.