Whiplash refers to the uncontrollable movement of the head back and forth caused by a collision. The neck’s muscles, ligaments, and tendons can easily be injured as a result of whiplash. Chiropractors treat whiplash regularly, as it is one of the most common personal injuries people experience. Great Plains Chiropractic provides chiropractic care for whiplash and other injuries in West Fargo, ND. If you think you are dealing with the symptoms of whiplash, here’s what you should know before your first consultation.
Many People Don’t Know They Have Whiplash
The symptoms of whiplash can be subtle, and they may not be noticeable until days or weeks after the collision. This means that many people have no idea that they are living with whiplash. Here are a few early signs of whiplash to look out for:
- Neck Pain
- Less Mobility
- Facial Pain
- Trouble Sleeping
- Back Pain
Even if your symptoms are not on this list, you should call a chiropractor right after an auto accident. A thorough exam can provide more insight into your injuries and the pain you experience.
Chiropractic Care for Whiplash
With chiropractic care, whiplash can be treated in a matter of months. If you do not get treatment, you could be dealing with the impact of the injury for years. That’s why it’s worth seeing our chiropractors sooner rather than later.
Manual manipulation is an integral part of any treatment plan for whiplash. Manual manipulation restores mobility to your back and neck, minimizing the damage caused by whiplash. When your back is in alignment, your body puts way less pressure on some muscle groups in your body. This can lead to increased mobility and range of motion. Trigger point therapy is a soft tissue technique that can alleviate pain or discomfort associated with whiplash. This therapy manipulates damaged soft tissues and uses pressure to release tension from the muscles.
Exercise and stretching are also crucial for your recovery. Our chiropractors can teach you how to stretch your body properly so that you can alleviate pressure on your back and neck. We will also help you rebuild your strength, allowing your body can perform adequately. Stretches and exercises can also help take pressure off your back and shoulders.
Visit Us for Natural Pain Relief
Great Plains Chiropractic serves patients in and around the West Fargo area, offering various non-invasive techniques. If you suspect you have whiplash, our team will provide the testing and treatment you need to alleviate the root cause of your pain or discomfort. Call our chiropractic office for more information or to schedule your first consultation today.