Whiplash is one of the most common auto-collision injuries in which your vehicle is hit from behind. Corey Skinner, DC, is a highly skilled chiropractor at Action Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas, with more than 10 years of experience helping patients recover from whiplash without drugs or surgery. If you were in an accident and you have neck pain that isn’t getting better, call the office to schedule an exam or book the next available appointment online today.
Whiplash is a painful neck injury in which your head jerks back and forth rapidly, such as when you’re in a car that gets hit from behind. You can also get whiplash from a sports injury, like being tackled in a football game, or while riding a horse.
When sudden impact forces your lower cervical (neck) vertebrae backward and your upper cervical vertebrae forward, it creates an abnormal S-shaped motion in your neck.
As a result, a whiplash injury damages the soft tissue in your neck – your tendons and muscles – so you experience pain. If left untreated, whiplash symptoms can worsen and lead to more complicated health issues.
Common whiplash symptoms usually occur within the first 24 hours after you were involved in a crash, but sometimes they take longer to appear. People often mistake whiplash symptoms for other problems and so delay treatment or don’t receive the proper care.
If you have whiplash, you could experience any of the following symptoms:
If symptoms persist or don’t get better with rest, heat, or ice therapies, you should seek medical attention before your condition worsens.
If Dr. Skinner determines that you have whiplash, he takes a whole-person approach to treating your symptoms and helping you heal from your injuries. He uses the latest chiropractic treatment methods to ensure your comfort as he gently realigns your neck and spine.
In addition to manual manipulation of your neck, Dr. Skinner can also recommend electric nerve stimulation or massage therapy and stretching exercises to help reduce the tension and stiffness in your neck muscles.
Each treatment method functions to help reduce the initial inflammation of your whiplash injury, as well as address any herniated discs in your neck. Trigger-point therapy to alleviate muscle tension can also help relieve your whiplash discomfort.
If you were in a collision or were injured in a sport, and you have whiplash symptoms, it’s best to make an appointment as soon as possible. Call the office to schedule or use the online booking system today to take the first step toward pain relief.