The term “whiplash” gets its name from the motion of a whip when it cracks. Any event or activity that causes a speedy forward motion that suddenly snaps back can misalign the spine, leading to the painful condition. In the public consciousness, it is most often heard of in relation to auto accidents, especially those that involve being struck from behind. It doesn’t even have to be a big jolt. According to studies, impacts made as slowly as 5 mph can cause whiplash.
While that is the most frequent cause, many physical traumas, such as sports injuries or physical abuse, can also give you whiplash. Any event that causes your neck to shake back and forth can cause a whiplash injury. At Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness, we have extensive experience with treating the myriad forms whiplash can take. Let us help get you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.
Whiplash – One Ailment or Many?
It is important to note that many ailments and injuries can fall under the category of whiplash due to the nature of the motion involved in sustaining them (see our Whiplash FAQ page). This means that a full and proper diagnosis is the essential first step to developing an effective treatment plan.
If you believe you are suffering whiplash symptoms such as pain, stiffness, or tenderness, you should prioritize a full physical exam. Once the cause and severity have been determined, we will work with you to develop the most productive treatment plan.
Whiplash Injury? Put An End to The Pain
Constant or consistent pain can put a damper on both your social life and your productivity at work, and it can make every aspect of day-to-day life seem harder. Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness brings a wide array of methodologies and treatments to end the aches, pains, twinges, and mobility restrictions that slow you down.
Chiropractic approaches are tailor-made for whiplash sufferers, as they have proven efficacy with neck and upper spine injuries. First, the goals are to restore your neck’s normal range of motion and alleviate pain. Over the longer term, treatment can accelerate of the recovery process and a return to normal movement.
Whiplash Treatment from The Experts
Due to its infamy in pop culture, whiplash is one of the first thoughts most people have when someone has back or neck issues following a crash or collision. It’s understandable since movies and TV have long relied upon the trope of the scammer saying, “I’ve got whiplash” after the slightest accident, even in stories set shortly after the development of automobiles. Just because that is the popular perception doesn’t mean that whiplash isn’t a legitimate and serious condition.
If symptoms appear, contact us for a comprehensive spinal exam and assessment. This will give us a complete view of your current situation and injury and any undiscovered but associated injuries that may be contributing factors. After assessing the injuries, we will fine-tune a treatment regime tailored to your precise physical and therapeutic needs.
Chiropractic care is not invasive; it augments the body’s normal recovery processes. By adjusting spinal alignment, we can restore the natural position, which encourages associated areas to heal. We help your body accelerate its natural recovery without the need for surgery or pharmaceuticals. As your car accident chiropractor, Dr. Todd Goldman has 25 years of specialized experience with car accident related injuries with the most current technology available.
Returning Your Range of Motion
Whiplash often initially presents itself as pain coupled with a lack of mobility in the neck and shoulders. If you’re experiencing an inability to turn your head in the wake of a car collision, this is probably at the root of it, though a proper diagnosis is necessary. Getting that range of motion back is usually the first thing to be addressed during treatment.
On your initial visit, our priority will be to ease that pain and return you to a normal range of motion. We will also work to carefully and delicately decrease inflammation in the area to prevent further damage. Once these steps are taken and the inflammation is brought down, we can properly access your spine to adjust its alignment.
The techniques used spinal realignment will depend on the specific damage being treated but are usually implemented using our hands or the occasional handheld tool. No surgeries or invasive techniques are involved. In some cases, massage may be applied where there is soft tissue damage, and other methods when warranted, including, but not limited to, chiropractic manipulation, trigger point therapy, and in some cases spinal decompression.
Medford’s Best Chiropractic Care for Whiplash
Have you suffered a neck injury while playing sports? Or have you been in a car crash on Long Island? There is no need to live with ongoing pain or stiffness. Reach out to us at Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness and arrange an exam and assessment with our Medford Chiropractor, Dr. Todd Goldman. We can customize a personal treatment plan that will restore you to normal functioning and pain-free living. Contact us now!