Injuries may occur after a car accident even if you’re not having symptoms right away. The signs of whiplash, blurred vision, headaches, depression, dizziness, etc., may take days or even weeks to manifest. At the Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Dr. Stephen Jochen and his team of wellness professionals can determine if you have whiplash or any other issues related to an automobile accident and provide quick and efficient treatments to eliminate pain and restore mobility. If you live in the Los Angeles area and think you have whiplash, book your appointment today.
Whiplash occurs when a force makes your head go forward and backward beyond its normal range of motion. This whipping movement can damage the ligaments, muscles, and nerves in your neck or affect the bones and discs of your spine.
Whiplash often occurs when you’re rear-ended in an accident. The symptoms are also common among athletes who participate in contact sports and victims of physical abuse.
The most common sign of whiplash is a neck injury that causes pain, stiffness, and decreased mobility. Pain often gets worse with movement. Other common symptoms include the following:
The symptoms of whiplash typically occur within 24 hours of an incident but sometimes don’t appear for a few days or weeks. Without treatment, whiplash can progress into chronic conditions.
Your symptoms will determine what your chiropractor will recommend for treatment.
If the incident forced your spine out of alignment, then a bulging disc might be causing your pain. Chiropractic spinal manipulation relieves the pressure on nerves caused by these discs; reducing pain and improving mobility. Dr. Jochen may also use spinal decompression, muscle stimulation, or stabilizing activities to relieve symptoms.
Acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and cold laser therapy can also relieve pain and improve bodily function. Your chiropractor may suggest these treatments on their own or in coordination with chiropractic care.
Beyond these services, Dr. Jochen and his team may recommend the following:
How long does it take for whiplash to heal?
In most cases the symptoms of whiplash begin to disappear within a few months after the incident. If your symptoms are severe or you sustained extensive damage then recovery could take longer.
In some untreated cases the symptoms turn chronic and lead to further complications; herniated discs or nerve damage.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of whiplash, then call the office today or book your appointment online.