Whiplash injuries are a result of an instant change in the velocity of the body which stretches both the ligaments and muscles in the neck beyond normal capacity. In general these neck injuries occur to motorist or cyclists that have been involved in some form of collision. If you’ve experienced whiplash in Dallas you need to seek help from a chiropractor right away to get pain relief as well as treatment for the injuries. Failure to do so could mean long term neck damage.
What Causes Whiplash
There are several different causes of whiplash; however, among the most common causes are car accidents. Other causes could be a sports injury, bicycle accident, or some other form of accident which causes stretching and pain to the neck.
How Do You Know if You Have Whiplash?
Most people that complain of having whiplash have soft tissue in the spine that has been injured. Depending on how badly your neck was injured the symptoms from the soft tissue injuries can be quite obvious to pinpoint or obscure. Obvious symptoms might include: headaches, stiffness in the upper body, vertigo, pain in the face or jaw, and neck/shoulder pain. Signs that are common but less obvious might be nausea, complications swallowing, blurred vision, and a ringing in the ears. If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms you should reach out to a chiropractor right away.
Diagnosing and Treatment
Once going to the chiropractor you will be asked a few questions and then given tests that might include an MRI, X-rays, or a CT scan to determine how severe the injuries are. From there a treatment is developed which could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Certain techniques might include chiropractic adjustments, hot/cold therapy, massage, and strength training. It may also be necessary to take anti inflammatory medications to relief the pain.
It is imperative that the moment you suspect whiplash that you get the treatment you need right away. Chiropractors are able to easily handle your pain and treatment options and help you in getting relief right away. Prolonging treatment puts you at risk for further damage to your neck or spine. If you don’t have a chiropractor, consider consulting with your primary care physician to find a reputable Dallas chiropractic neurologist.