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Whiplash is a term used to describe injuries to the joints and soft tissues of the neck and cervical spine (the neck portion of your spine) that occur when the neck and head are snapped back and forth violently like a whip, typically as the result of an indirect impact like a car accident, workplace accident or sports-related injury. Often, whiplash injuries can extend into the upper back and cause symptoms like persistent headaches, pinched nerves and other problems that in some cases can last for months or years after the initial accident.
Like many spine-related injuries, whiplash can be difficult or even impossible to effectively treat without managing the underlying nerve impingements that may be causing them. At Health 1st, we understand the very real frustrations of managing the painful symptoms of whiplash. Our experienced practitioners work with each patient individually, using a hands-on approach to carefully assess the damage so treatment is tailored to every patient’s unique needs for optimal results.
Whiplash and Your Body
Whiplash is a serious injury that often affects not only the muscles of the neck, but the ligaments as well. These ligaments help keep the bones of the neck (the cervical vertebrae) in proper alignment, providing an important pathway for nerves that travel from the brain to the rest of the body. When a whiplash injury occurs, these ligaments are stretched beyond their normal limits, resulting in “loose” connections between the cervical vertebrae that can enable the nerves in the area to become pinched. At the same time, inflammation resulting from a whiplash injury can press on both nerves and blood vessels, prolonging painful symptoms in the neck, shoulders, head and upper back.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Chiropractic care is based on caring for the spine and all the nerves and nerve connections it supports. In a whiplash injury, chiropractic care focuses on using gentle stretching and focused pressure to realign vertebrae that have slipped out of position, reducing inflammation, promoting circulation and preserving the healthy neural pathways that are necessary for optimal health. Many patients find significant relief after a single treatment, with prolonged relief occurring after a series of treatments customized for each person’s needs and symptoms.
Resolve your painful whiplash symptoms.
Getting care for diffuse pain issues can be frustrating, especially when those symptoms occur as a result of nerve impingement and soft tissue injury. At Health 1st, we’re experts at identifying whiplash injuries and creating therapeutic plans that provide meaningful relief. To start reducing your painful whiplash symptoms, call us today at (661) 324-4431 to schedule a consultation and exam so we can create a therapeutic plan of care that’s just right for your needs.