Auto Accidents and Whiplash Treatment
Auto accidents are the primary cause of whiplash. Although it can occur during other activities, such as athletic events and work related performance, auto accidents result in the highest number of reported cases. Because of where a seatbelt crosses the body, it does little to prevent the movement of the head and neck during a crash. The result is a severe neck and upper back injury that can be extremely painful and long lasting. If not properly treated, whiplash can lead to recurring pain for several years after the accident.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a severe injury that directly affects the head, neck and shoulders. It is the result of a fast moving vehicle abruptly coming to a stop causing a person’s head to be forced forward and thrown backwards at an alarming speed. The jolt can strain and tear tendons, ligaments and muscles resulting in inflammation and severe pain. Any movement of the head or neck is extremely painful and can result in further injury. In most cases, a person who is suspected of having whiplash will be immediately placed in a neck brace to immobilize the area and prevent movement and further injury.
After a medical examination, the person will be required to remain in the neck brace for a specific amount of time, depending on the severity of the injury. In some cases, this can be two weeks or longer. If the injury is not treated, the muscles and tendons can heal in such a way that the neck can no longer move without some degree of pain. It can also reduce mobility and prevent the person from turning their head from side to side.
Chiropractic Care and Whiplash Treament
Chiropractic care is beneficial for whiplash injuries for several reasons. The stress and strain on the muscles and connective tissue can force the vertebrae in the neck to move out of place. If they heal in that position, it can lead to ongoing pain and suffering. A chiropractic adjustment helps to realign the vertebrae and restore balance in the structure of the neck. Massage therapy is also used to manipulate the soft tissues in the neck and restore blood flow to the area. When proper blood flow is restored, fresh oxygen is sent to the injured tissues helping them to heal more quickly. It also reduces inflammation and swelling, taking pressure off of the spine and allowing the bones to remain in their original position. In severe cases of whiplash, several adjustments may be needed to encourage complete and long lasting results. Even with chiropractic care, healing may take up to four weeks or longer, depending on the severity of the original injury.
At Twin Creeks Health, our highly trained professional staff can help to alleviate the pain and suffering that accompanies most whiplash cases. With chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy, we can bring about a healing response that addresses the original injury and hastens the healing process.
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Whiplash Treatment at Roseville, California
Car accidents, especially rear end collisions) are very common cause of neck and back pain. the result of such a rear end collision is usually quite painful. Such rear end collisions usually translate into a painful condition called Whiplash. As the name itself suggests, Whiplash is a severe injury condition which directly affects the head, neck, and shoulders of the patient. Such a Whiplash condition is caused because of rear end collisions or forced and abrupt brakes which move an individual’s head forward and then backward at an alarming speed. Such an alarming jolt usually strain and rupture the tendons, muscles, and ligaments of the area resulting causing acute pain and inflammation near the head, neck, and shoulder region.
In the old days, Whiplash Treatment began with placing the neck of the injured person in a neck brace such that the movement of the area can be restricted, thus it was thought, restricting further injury of the neck region due to such movements. Unfortunately that belief was not true. The neck, and the rest of the spine, is designed to move and when placed in a brace to restrict movement large amount of scar tissue are allowed to form which, if left alone, will lead to decay and degeneration of the joints.
Whiplash treatment needs specific medical attention otherwise the injury can cause permanent effects so that the neck area of the injured person cannot be moved at all without experiencing pain. This can usually happen because the abrupt strain and force on the muscles and corresponding connective tissues of the area which exerts an unusual force on the vertebrae of the neck leading to moving the vertebrae of the neck out of the place. Therefore, proper chiropractic care and therapy which focuses on movement and normal function is required in order to restore the balance normal movement of the neck region while realigning the vertebrae of the neck.
Whiplash Treatment is performed at our chiropractor clinic in Roseville, California. The Whiplash Treatment in Roseville California includes a dedicated Chiropractor using mobilization techniques, massage therapy, and other advanced therapy technologies to treat the adverse and painful situations of Whiplash. The Chiropractor uses the Massage therapy to reduce scar tissue formation in the soft tissues around the neck region while restoring the normal blood flow in the area. This improved and restored blood flow help in carrying oxygen to the injured cells thus healing it from within and healing the area naturally. This massage therapy actually helps in healing of the area faster. In many cases though such massage therapy needs to be complemented with chiropractic adjustments (using instruments or manually) in the neck area, especially in the area related to the vertebrae of the neck. Though the healing is gentle and natural, such healing does require time and usually such healing might take weeks to months for complete healing. Patience and consistency reaps results in cases of acute Whiplash Treatments.