Car Accident Chiropractor
After an automobile accident, many people look for chiropractic help in Palm Coast, Daytona Beach, or DeLand. In many car accident cases, whiplash, when your head and neck are violently swung back and forth, is endured. Most automobile accidents result in being hit from behind which often leads to whiplash. Not only can automobile accidents can cause whiplash, but also trauma, abuse and falls.
Many people in will be unaware of their whiplash until the injury causes negative effects which may only present themselves weeks or even months down the line. If you are experiencing problems related to whiplash, the goal of this article is to show you how to recognize whiplash and the benefits of chiropractic treatment at Coastal Healthcare Partners.
The spine and tissue near your neck can be seriously irritated in many ways when whiplash occurs during automobile accidents, sports like football or from abuse/physical harm. Whiplash has the potential to produce more than just short term pain. Long term effects can include:
- Disc bulges and herniation
- Misalignments of the vertebrae in the spine
- Damaged bones in your vertebrae
- Nerve damage and irritation
- Pulling of muscles or ligaments in your neck
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to your neck caused by forceful back-and-forth movements. It’s often referred to as a neck sprain or strain. Whiplash might cause damage to cervical muscles, ligaments, intervertebral joints, discs, or nerve roots. It can happen during an automobile accident, sports accident, or physical abuse, and may limit the range of motion in your neck or cause long-lasting pain.
There is a wide range of whiplash injuries which can range from mild to very serious in nature. Having your headrest too low is a common cause of severe whiplash injuries. There could be broken bones or tissue damage when combining a bad collision with a low headset. In a situation like this, meeting with a chiropractor is very important to get x-rays done and a complete examination. In the case of a mild crash or collision, you still may be experiencing whiplash if you have any of these symptoms:
- Neck Pain
- Pain in the shoulder, upper back and arms
- Blurry vision
- Pain with mobility of neck
- Numbing or Tingling down your arms
- Ringing ears
- Struggling to sleep
There are numerous symptoms that can accompany whiplash, and it may be hard to pinpoint all of these symptoms back to your whiplash if you neglect care for weeks after your accident. Whiplash could need further treatment even after getting the "good-to-go" from your doctor. After an injury, it is very important to get a spinal check as soon as you find time. Treating the injury promptly is your best chance at preventing long term complications.
Dr. Osborne and his team at Coastal Healthcare Partners use numerous integrative medicine treatments to accelerate healing from whiplash and relieve pain. These include:
- Chiropractic care: Chiropractic adjustments use controlled force to realign your spine, ease tension and stiffness associated with whiplash, and relieve pain.
- Massage therapy: Dr. Osborne and his team use manual manipulation to apply pressure to your neck, shoulders, and back to accelerate healing and ease whiplash tension and pain. They may utilize the Graston® technique, or specialized instruments that mobilize soft tissues.
- Physical therapy: Physical therapy exercises strengthen tissues in your neck, shoulders, and upper back to ease pain associated with whiplash. Coastal Healthcare Partners specialists help you stretch painful areas to enhance comfort and promote your body’s natural healing ability.
- Radiofrequency Ablation: The medical team at Coastal Healthcare Partners uses radiofrequency ablation, or radio waves, to heat up nerve tissue and reduce pain while you heal from whiplash.
- Injections: Depending on the severity of your injuries, Dr. Osborne might recommend facet joint, nerve block, trigger point, steroid, or epidural injections for whiplash pain relief during your recovery.
Chiropractic Care at Coastal Healthcare Partners for Car Accidents
Due to the fact that most whiplash incidents involve spinal, nerve and tissue damage, consulting a chiropractor is a great decision for treatment. With the skills and knowledge to do so, chiropractors can determine the source of pain from a whiplash injury and create an effective plan for treatments. Treatments given by a chiropractor are non-invasive and gentle. With precise and careful adjustments, people can fully recover and find lasting relief from their whiplash. Call our team at Coastal Healthcare Partners today to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care, and how it can help you heal from whiplash.