Whiplash is a neck injury caused by sudden movement of the head. Whiplash is commonly caused by car accidents, where your head is “whipped” forward and backwards quickly. But whiplash can also result from sports accidents and other types of traumas, such as a fall.
The pain of whiplash is often hard to ignore. The symptoms may include:
- Decreased range of motion
- Tightness in the neck – muscles may feel hard or knotted
- Pain and/or stiffness when moving your head
- Headaches at the base of the skull that radiate towards the forehead
Sometimes, the pain associated with whiplash is immediate. In other cases, it can take several hours or even days before your neck begins to hurt.
Early treatment can help prevent long lasting, chronic issues, from arising.
How can chiropractic help? Soon after whiplash occurs, while still in the acute phase of injury, your chiropractor will work on reducing neck inflammation using various therapy modalities. In our office some of these options are ART (Active Release Therapy), FAKTR (Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy), Trigger Point Therapy & Laser Therapy.
As your neck becomes less inflamed and the pain decreases, your chiropractor will perform gentle spinal manipulation or other chiropractic techniques to restore normal motion to your neck’s facet joints.
As part of your rehabilitation after a whiplash injury, your chiropractor may also give you some at home stretching and strengthening exercises. These exercises will help in the restoration of normal motion and the reduction of symptoms associated with whiplash.