Gentle Treatment for Whiplash
When left untreated, whiplash can have profound long term consequences, including pain, loss of motion, even the early onset of arthritis.
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Whiplash commonly involves neck strains and sprains — damage to the muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Whiplash involves soft tissue damage to the muscles, ligaments and joints of the neck and back. When the forces transmitted during vehicular collision are strong enough to bend and distort steel, the forces are also strong enough to stretch and tear the muscles and ligament attachments in your neck and can sometimes luxate (or dislocate) the neck and upper back joints out of their normal alignment.
It is important to have misaligned bones realigned properly so the supporting ligaments don’t heal with the joints out of their proper alignment, as it will impair neck movement, function, and comfort later on.
To diagnose neck strain/sprain, you will need a thorough examination. You may also need X-rays, CT scans, MRI, or other diagnostic tests to rule out other problems like fractures, hemorrhage, concussion, slipped discs, or pinched nerves.
Treatment for Whiplash
Simple strain/sprain without dislocations can sometimes heal on their own. However, if there is a whiplash strain/sprain with misalignment, the neck will require realignment of the misaligned structures. If the joints haven’t realigned naturally on their own, they should be realigned by a chiropractic physician for optimal recovery.
It is not uncommon for joint injuries from auto accidents to cause post-traumatic osteoarthritis. When an acute problem is not treated properly it can develop into a chronic condition; and the chronic condition that is not treated properly can continue to deteriorate to become permanent.
Early diagnosis and early intervention can prevent or retard the complications of whiplash and the post-traumatic healing process. With our treatment protocol we couple massage, chiropractic manual treatment and physical therapy modalities.
The chiropractor will often administer cold laser treatments for pain management, and supervise the massage therapist to precisely release the areas of scar tissue adhesion in the muscles. Once the soft tissues are stabilized, the chiropractor will gently realign any misaligned joints. This multidisciplinary approach manages pain swiftly, optimizes healing, and reduces the probability of long-term disability with chronic pain.
With increased awareness of opioid dependence, abuse and complications, every expert is encouraging patients to consider natural methods as a first resort.
Drugs such as Percocet, Vicodin, Oxycontin and codeine have been historically prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe whiplash pain. Scientists debate the appropriateness of chronic opioid use for these conditions.
Doctors of chiropractic recognized the complications associated with opioid drugs decades ago, we have always focused on eradicating pain by managing the healing process along with correcting the underlying source of the pain. We promote healing with structural rehabilitation rather than just simply numbing the pain.
When all these components of care are addressed properly there is a more rapid recovery with less complications, better outcomes, and long lasting results.
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