How Do You Know If You Have Whiplash?
From car accidents to football tackles, there are many scenarios in which someone can develop whiplash. Whiplash is a common injury that occurs when the neck is suddenly jolted out of its normal alignment, resulting in stiffness, pain, and limited range of motion. Dealing with whiplash? Our Federal Way, WA, chiropractor Dr. Andrew Winger and his team can help.
What is whiplash?
When the neck suddenly becomes overextended (often from a car accident, bad fall, or sports injury) this results in damage to the muscles, ligaments, vertebrae, and even nerves of your neck.
What are the warning signs of whiplash?
Some people may experience symptoms of whiplash immediately after an accident; however, it is more common for these symptoms to appear days later. Common symptoms of whiplash include,
- Neck stiffness
- Muscle spasms
- Limited range of motion (trouble turning your head from side to side or nodding)
- Pain and swelling
- Frequent headaches
How do I know whether I have whiplash?
If you are dealing with any kind of neck problems following an injury or accident it’s a good idea to turn to our chiropractic team here in Federal Way, WA, for a comprehensive examination. Our chiropractor Dr. Winger knows exactly what to look for and what questions to ask in order to determine whether you’re dealing with whiplash; however, further testing may be necessary to rule out other conditions or injuries.
How can chiropractic care help my whiplash?
The sooner you seek treatment for whiplash the sooner you’ll start to experience relief. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may experience issues with pain, stiffness or muscle spasms for months. While pain relievers can temporarily eliminate the pain, spinal manipulation can actually help to improve blood flow and circulation to injured areas of the neck to speed up the body’s natural healing response.
Chiropractic care can also improve flexibility and range of motion while reducing muscle tension that could be causing your muscle spasms and headaches. Our chiropractic can also provide you with a variety of exercises you can do from the comfort of your own home.
Don’t let whiplash make it difficult to go about your normal routine. Regular chiropractic sessions with our Federal Way, WA, chiropractor can significantly improve your symptoms and help speed up healing.