Why It Is So important to Seek Treatment for Whiplash

If you experience an incident that jars your neck violently, such as an auto accident or a fall, you may very well have whiplash. Whiplash occurs when your head is moved suddenly in one direction and then whipped suddenly in the opposing direction.

Diagnosis is based on an evaluation of your symptoms that include limited range of motion and pain; imaging tests may help with diagnosis but don’t always show abnormalities.

You may think whiplash is something you can just get over on your own, but even if you feel better after a few days, you can end up with lingering problems. Neck pain, headaches, and trouble concentrating can all result from whiplash and persist if you’re not treated properly.

Treatment reduces initial inflammation

Right after your whiplash injury, chiropractic treatment helps reduce inflammation without the use of pain medications. Modalities such as heat and cold therapy, gentle tissue manipulation, and ultrasound can help alleviate immediate discomfort.

Your instinct might be to rest after a whiplash event, and while some rest is good, too much can delay healing.

Treatment means faster healing

If you have the neck pain, stiffness, and headaches associated with whiplash, a treatment plan can help you get better within a few weeks. If you don’t seek treatment, you may get better on your own, but your healing will be delayed. And there’s no guarantee that you will heal on your own if you don’t seek treatment.

Immediate treatment heads off serious symptoms

In some cases, you feel fine after a whiplash incident only to feel pain and discomfort several days later. Getting treatment as soon as you can after an incident can help prevent severe symptoms from developing days afterward.

Treatment means fewer lingering side effects

The long-term effects of whiplash may include dizziness, shoulder and neck pain, jaw pain, migraines, sleep disturbances, and concentration problems. With treatment, you minimize the chances that these long-term effects will plague you. And if you are unlucky enough to have lasting symptoms related to whiplash, we provide the best care at Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness so your symptoms are minimized and resolve as soon as possible.

Chiropractic care looks at your whole spine

An accident that causes whiplash may have effects that extend beyond just your neck. At Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness, our doctors evaluate your spine as a whole to ensure you don’t have trauma to other areas that cause pain and dysfunction.

Treatment options

Depending on the severity of your injury and your symptoms, you may undergo immobilization, physical therapy, and manual adjustments as treatments for whiplash.

If you were in a car accident or experienced other trauma that may have resulted in whiplash, seek evaluation and treatment right away. Whiplash can have lingering effects on your long-term health, especially if you just hope it goes away on its own.

 

At Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness, you receive a comprehensive whiplash evaluation and treatment plan following an accident or trauma to help resolve neck pain and get you to feeling better fast. Call the office or book an appointment using the online tool as soon as possible following your injury.

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