Best Whiplash Treatment After an Accident
Have you heard the term whiplash but are not complete familiar with it? If you are trying to figure out if your accident injury pain is caused by whiplash, let us help you.
Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a forceful, rapid movement of your neck causing your neck to be flung forward-and- backward.
If this sound like what has happened to you then you most likely have whiplash, especially if your neck is now stiff, sore, or you just cant use it the same as you did before your accident.
Now you are in luck because the sooner you get whiplash treatment the better off you are. It is important to get treatment from the right type of doctor and care center, and we recommend seeking chiropractic care.
It is best that you find a chiropractor who deals specifically with accident injuries. They will have the most knowledge on how to treat whiplash and they will also know how to properly document your diagnosis and treatment for an insurance company.
At our chiropractic clinics we are designed to help accident injuries including whiplash. We even have free consultations for whiplash injuries.
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What you need to know about Whiplash
Suffering from Whiplash is a painful experience, but it is not something that should be overlooked.
Seeking Chiropractic Care will ease the pain and get you back to your normal daily functions. Because Whiplash is different for everyone, a Chiropractic exam will need to be done to find the pain source.
Once knowing where the pain is coming from, the Chiropractor will discuss treatment options such as manipulation, exercises, and muscle relaxations. Lifestyle adjustments are sometimes necessary and can help each patient’s individual needs to ensure the best recovery.
What does a chiropractic exam entail?
There is no need to be afraid of a chiropractic exam. It is similar to a physical exam at the doctors office.
You start off with paperwork: Medical History and Pain Source.
Medical history is standard information about your past injuries or conditions to your health so that a treatment plan can be made with these things in mind.
The pain source paperwork is just to narrow down where you are feeling pain and what it feels like. Most likely you will say your neck but do your shoulder, head or arms hurt as well. Also, what does the pain feel like; stabbing, burning, or throbbing?
Once that is taken care of the chiropractor will do a physical exam feeling your spine looking for any misalignments or tight spots. From there they will want to do x-rays to get a better look at their findings. Usually a individualized treatment plan can be made from there but some injuries required extra testing like MRI's, urine test, or blood work.
Your chiropractor will go over all the results with you and examine the entire treatment plan.
What to do Immediately After Your Car Accident
If your car has been hit by another car, you are most likely shaken up. Your adrenaline is pumping you are checking to make sure everyone in the car is okay, then you start scanning the area.
Get out of your vehicle safely and check on the people in the other vehicle.
As long as there are no major injuries call the police. If there are major injuries, call 911 and request an ambulance.
While waiting on the police, you will want to take photographs of the damages and minor scrapes or bruises you or your passengers obtained from the impact of the crash.
Also, try to get any information from eye-witnesses such as their name and phone number.
Exchange insurance information with the other vehicle(s) involved.
Once the police arrive, file an accident report with them.
If your car needs to be towed, you will need to call a tow company and get a ride home.
Instead of going home and sleeping off the accident NOW is the time to get evaluated from your local Chiropractor at Arrowhead Clinic.
You may not hurt now, but if your body was flung from the impact of the other car, then you most likely have whiplash.
Even if your car was stopped before the collision and the other car wasn't going fast it is still extremely likely that you will have whiplash symptoms within a few days.
It may even take a week before you feel whiplash symptoms, but whiplash happens when your body, especially your neck, is stretched beyond its normal range of motion.
Why You Should go to a Chiropractor After a Car Accident
Chiropractors are experts at spine health, making the chiropractor's office the place to go after a car accident. It's the unseen injuries that they can evaluate to pinpoint the root cause of your symptoms.
Once the root cause is determined your chiropractor will put together an individualized treatment plan.
It will most likely include a spinal adjustment or decompression therapy along with exercises, heat therapy, TENS, and more.
Through your chiropractic treatment, your spine and limbs will all be aligned appropriately alleviating any pain and treating the injuries from your car accident so that they can heal properly.
Chiropractic care has been recognized as one of the fastest, most long lasting solutions to accident injuries and soft tissue injuries such as whiplash.
Common causes of Whiplash include:
- Rear-End Collisions
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Sports-Related Injuries
Although any car accident can cause whiplash, so can abuse or any forceful back and forth motion.
This unexpected aggressive motion can cause injuries to your bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves, discs between vertebrae, spine, and tissues in your neck.
Common Symptoms of Whiplash are:
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness
- Neck pain with movement
- Limited range of motion in the neck
- Headaches that start near the base of your skull
- Tender shoulders
- Pain in the upper back
- Arm pain
- Tingling arms
- Numbness in your arms
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after your accident call Arrowhead Clinic at (800) 961- PAIN.
Whiplash can become a severe injury if it is left untreated.
Arrowhead Clinic has several locations so we can treat your whiplash injuries at a convenient location near you.
We also properly document everything needed for the insurance company and attorney. If you need to pay out of pocket, we offer affordable cash plans.
Our chiropractors and team want to make sure your whiplash injuries do not go untreated, so make sure you contact us to schedule an appointment or find the location closest to you for a walk-in visit.