Rear-End Collisions and Whiplash: How a Chiropractor Can Help

Collisions and Whiplash

Car accidents, including collisions and whiplash injuries, can cause significant stress on the body. Injuries from such accidents are among the leading reasons people seek chiropractic services.

One common accident-related injury (especially in rear-end collisions) is whiplash. In the immediate aftermath of the collision, you may think you avoided getting hurt. However, some people begin to experience pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders over the following days and weeks. 

Whiplash is a serious injury, and it tends to worsen when left untreated. Treating the injury promptly can help reduce long-term effects and restore your body to its full health. 

If you suspect you’re suffering from whiplash, don’t hesitate to contact a chiropractor.

What Is Whiplash?

A common complaint after a rear-end collision is whiplash. This injury occurs when the neck quickly snaps back and forth. 

The snapping motion can force the vertebrae in the neck and upper back out of their correct positions, causing spinal misalignment. It’s also common to experience whiplash-related injury to the vertebral discs, which cushion each vertebra. 

Other injuries related to whiplash include strained muscles and ligaments and injury to the nerves and other tissues in the neck. 

In addition to neck pain, other warning signs to watch for include:

  • Headache
  • Stiffness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Tingling
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Vision problems

If you are experiencing these issues caused by whiplash, you will probably need spinal realignment treatment to ease symptoms and prevent long-term problems. 

How Can a Chiropractor Help for a Whiplash Injury?

When you see a chiropractor for a whiplash injury, you’ll first undergo a series of tests to determine the extent of the injury. Testing might include: 

  • Posture check
  • Reflex check
  • Flexibility check
  • Neurological test
  • Orthopedic test
  • X-rays

Once a chiropractor has diagnosed your issues, they’ll devise a personalized treatment plan to help restore the health of your spine and the surrounding tissues. 

Treatment may include: 

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Muscle stimulation
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Physical exercises

Your chiropractor will then recommend specific exercises most likely to help your injuries. 

With regular treatment, a chiropractor may be able to realign the spine, eliminating pain and other health issues. 

Contact Veeva Chiropractic Clinic Today

A car accident can take a serious toll on your neck and spine, even if you feel no pain immediately after the collision. 

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, contact Veeva Chiropractic Clinic and schedule a complimentary new patient consultation with one of our experienced chiropractors.