Whiplash Injury and Chiropractic Care
Whiplash injury is a condition experienced after the neck is jolted suddenly in one direction and the another. It causes a whipping motion. Whiplash occurs in sports injury and car accident injuries. As you may tell, whiplash injuries occur more often in a auto accident. Usually, a car is hit from behind, head on, or side swiped. Whichever way the car is hit, the injured people in the car will likely experience whiplash. If you were hit from behind, the force of the hit causes the neck to jolt forward and then backward. If hit from the side, the neck is then jolted from side to side in a jolt. Likewise, if hit head on, the impact causes the neck to jolt back and then quickly forward.
Whiplash injury causes a sprain or strain in the neck. This leaves the injured feeling pain in the head and neck. Headaches may also play a role in whiplash injury. You may experience intermittent or constant headache pain. And sometimes, you may not feel any headaches in a whiplash injury. Chiropractors assess the whiplash injury through a series of tests. After a thorough health history and exam, the chiropractor can determine the best treatment plan for you. Our Charlotte chiropractor helps relieve pain from whiplash injuries by spinal manipulation, stretching, and other techniques. These include, hot and cold therapy, and traction.
Whiplash injuries cannot be prevented. However, you can help reduce the severity of injury. First, wear a seat belt. Second, adjust your headrest to the right height. These tips may help. However, one can’t avoid whiplash during impact. If you or someone you know have whiplash from a car accident, call our office today to be examined by Charlotte’s top chiropractor. Don’t delay, relief is around the corner.