If an automobile accident or other injury caused whiplash and pain associated with it, Meyer Chiropractic in Southlake, Texas, can help. The providers use chiropractic care, low-tech rehab, and other holistic treatments to ease whiplash pain and enhance healing. Call to learn more or book an appointment online today.
Whiplash Q & A
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is also known as neck strain or neck sprain. It consists of several symptoms that result when your neck snaps or jolts forward and backward rapidly. During whiplash, the joints within your spine, spinal discs, muscles, ligaments, or nerves within or near your neck are damaged.
When you have whiplash, you might experience the following symptoms:
- Neck pain
- Pain in your shoulders, arms, or upper back
- Numbness or tingling
- Difficulty sleeping
- Memory problems
Injuries associated with whiplash include:
- Strained muscles
- Strained tendons
- Torn ligaments
- Herniated discs
You may experience one or more of the injuries above after whiplash occurs, and symptoms can last a few days to several weeks or months.
What causes whiplash?
Common causes of whiplash include:
- Playing contact sports
- Automobile accidents
- Physical abuse
Any rapid movement that makes your head jerk can lead to whiplash and the symptoms associated with it.
How is whiplash treated?
Meyer Chiropractic uses digital X-rays to diagnose specific injuries related to whiplash. Dr. Meyer treats whiplash using various methods, including:
Dr. Meyer may recommend wearing a cervical collar to enhance healing when recovering from whiplash. You might need to wear this support device for two to three weeks.
Your chiropractor uses chiropractic adjustments to ease whiplash pain and restore healing. Realigning your spine and stretching stiff muscles near your neck alleviates tension.
Low-tech rehab consists of strengthening exercises that enhance healing and reduce pain associated with whiplash. Your provider helps you complete injury-specific exercises, and shows you which strength movements to incorporate regularly at home.
Meyer Chiropractic shows you which stretches reduce stiffness associated with whiplash. Stretching regularly eases tension and pain, and enhances healing after your injury.
Dr. Meyerr may apply heat to the affected area, or instruct you on how to apply heat at home to enhance healing, improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and ease whiplash pain.
When you’re ready to ease head or neck pain caused by whiplash, call Meyer Chiropractic today or use the online scheduling tool.