Whiplash is one of the most common injuries resulting from a car accident, with nearly three million new cases occurring each year in the United States alone. These injuries can lead to problematic chronic pain, even if you don’t exhibit initial symptoms. At Better Health Solutions in Scottsdale, Arizona, the team offers a variety of chiropractic and massage treatments to eliminate your pain and restore your mobility. To learn more, call Better Health Solutions at (480) 945-6900 to schedule your consultation or book online.
Whiplash Q & A
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury caused by a sudden, intense back and forth motion of your neck, similar to the motion made by a crack of the whip. This injury is most often caused by car accidents, but it can also result from sports injuries or other traumatic accidents.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Whiplash can cause a variety of symptoms depending on the severity of your injury, including:
- Neck pain
- Loss of motion in your neck
- Tenderness or sensitivity in your shoulders or arms
Less common symptoms might include blurred vision, memory issues, tinnitus, or depression. Take note that symptoms might not necessarily show immediately after the accident — it can take days, months, or even years for some symptoms to present.
While many cases of whiplash are relatively minor, the potential for long-term complications and accidentally worsening a case of whiplash means that you should seek medical help, even if your symptoms are minor.
How is whiplash treated?
Better Health Solutions employs a variety of treatment options for whiplash and might provide one or several depending on the severity of your symptoms. Their most common treatment approaches include:
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS therapy, is a simple procedure that delivers a small electric current to your pain areas. Over time, this current can interrupt pain receptors and reduce your pain.
Using a series of weights, your provider can slowly stretch and pull your neck back into position, reducing pain and helping correct stiff muscles.
Sometimes, targeted physical manipulation of your neck and spine is enough to help restore mobility and reduce pain. By providing these adjustments, your provider reduces nerve compression and increases blood and oxygen flow, relieving pain and reducing stiffness and cramping.
Stretching and exercise
No matter how severe your whiplash, your provider prescribes a series of stretches and exercises that you need to perform at the office and at home. These neck and back exercises strengthen your injured muscles and improve your posture, restoring your mobility.
Are you suffering from the lingering effects of whiplash? Let Better Health Solutions help. Call to schedule your consultation or book online.