Does Whiplash Require Medical Treatment?

If the thought of moving your neck to the side makes you cringe, it’s a good idea to have your neck looked at. At Lund Chiropractic clinic, Dr. Scott Lund is no stranger to treating whiplash injuries. In fact, the principles behind chiropractic care make it a great choice for treating neck injuries. At his Encinitas, California, clinic, Dr. Lund helps whiplash patients reclaim their quality of life. Read on to find out why chiropractic care is an excellent choice for whiplash injuries.

Why it’s important to treat

Whiplash occurs when you hyperextend your neck during a forceful back-and-forth movement, such as in a rear-end car accident. Even mild cases of whiplash can make it difficult to turn your head from side to side and carry out your normal daily activities.

However, conventional medicine treats whiplash with painkillers, muscle relaxants and injections, none of which address the root of the problem, but they often cause unwanted side effects.

Whiplash pain can be chronic, so if you’re waiting for it to get better on its own, you might be in for a rude awakening. If whiplash goes untreated, it’s not uncommon to experience symptoms for months or even years after the injury occurs.

What’s more, pain isn’t the only symptom. If you fail to get treatment, you may experience:

Whiplash from a chiropractic perspective

Your neck is a well-engineered structure consisting of a network of tendons, bones, nerves, ligaments, and muscles. It’s strong, it provides good support, and it allows you to move your neck in all directions — and it’s also the most vulnerable to injury.

The violent and rapid movement that causes whiplash also results in what’s known as vertebral subluxation. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, it refers to a misalignment or dislocation of the vertebrae of the spine.

This isn’t an innocent problem either, as it can have a major effect on your health and should be treated. Damage to the network of nerves and tissues in this area distorts and disrupts nerve communication to the rest of your body.

Each whiplash case is different. You may experience all sorts of symptoms related to your injury. The goal of chiropractic treatment is to help you feel better, function better, and improve your overall well-being.

How chiropractic treatment helps

Dr. Lund uses various chiropractic techniques to realign the spine and relieve whiplash symptoms. After evaluating your individual case, he’ll determine the best course of action. Treatment typically includes:

Spinal manipulation

Gentle techniques that bring your spine back into alignment are a cornerstone of chiropractic care. Quick, precise movements push the vertebrae of your spine into place. These techniques remove the pressure on the vertebrae so that the nerves of other structures of the network move back into their natural position.

Muscle stimulation / relaxation

Your treatment may also involve gentle stimulation or relaxation techniques to encourage the surrounding muscles to relax and return to their normal function. When whiplash occurs, surrounding muscles tighten and lock up, contributing to pain and stiffness.

Exercise

Dr. Lund may recommend exercises designed to treat whiplash. These are simple movements that help stabilize the spine and reduce vertebrae dysfunction.

These treatments will lessen pain, improve range of motion, stimulate healing and improve your wellness.

You no longer have to suffer with whiplash symptoms or accept them as a new way of life. Chiropractic techniques offer a safe and effective way to treat your whiplash and get you back to the life you enjoy. Contact Lund Chiropractic to schedule an appointment to get relief today.

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