Find out more about whiplash and what your Federal Way chiropractor can do to help.
Have you recently been in a car accident? If so, you may have started to notice that your body has developed some rather unpleasant after effects of the sudden and traumatic impact. In fact, it’s fairly common to come away feeling rather sore and stiff after an automobile accident. It’s also not uncommon to experience whiplash, as well. Whiplash is an injury to the neck or cervical region of the spine that happens with the soft tissue has been hyperextended. Find out more about whiplash and how your Federal Way chiropractor can help reduce your whiplash symptoms.
How does whiplash happen?
During a car accident, the sudden impact or force of being struck by another vehicle or object is often strong enough to cause the muscles and tendons in the neck to hyperextend or twist into unnatural positions. While making sure your headrest is properly adjusted can go a long way to protecting your head and neck during an accident, if the headrest isn’t properly placed you may stretch your neck past its normal limits in the throes of the accident. While many people can recover from whiplash, sometimes it can cause permanent damage.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
- Neck stiffness
- Numbness or pain that radiates from the neck to the face or shoulders.
- Extremity pain
- Pain when moving the arms or your hands.
Many symptoms of whiplash will go away on their own after a couple of weeks and most people can make a full recovery after a few months.
How can my Federal Way chiropractor treat whiplash?
While there are certainly some things you can do in the comfort of your own home to reduce your symptoms we are also here to help speed up the healing process. While some patients may benefit from wearing a cervical collar to limit movement of the neck muscles, this should only be worn for a limited amount of time and is only recommended for acute forms of pain.
- Most patients find some relief from whiplash pain using over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol or Advil.
- Ice painful regions of the neck for the first 72 hours after your injury to keep swelling down.
- Talk to your Federal Way chiropractor about light stretching exercises you can perform each day.
If you have just gotten into a car accident and are experiencing neck problems, then it might be time to see your Federal Way chiropractor at Redondo Family Chiropractic, Inc. for fast, effective relief.