Whiplash

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suffer FROM whiplash in belmont?

Whiplash can be a painful injury and if left untreated can worsen.

This guide will explain the causes of whiplash, symptoms to look out for, and how chiropractic treatment from Infinity Spine Center for whiplash can help.


what is whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused by a sudden, sharp movement of the head. When the head jerks forward then backward in a rapid motion this can cause a whiplash injury.

In your neck, you have muscles and ligaments that can be damaged due to the force of the movement. Whiplash in Belmont is not always immediately noticeable so it may take time before your symptoms are obvious.


causes of whiplash

The most common cause of whiplash is due to being involved in a car accident. Due to the forces involved when your car is hit, your head can be jerked forward then back with such force that it causes a whiplash injury.

Other causes of whiplash include:

– Sports such as football or boxing
– Riding a horse
– A cycling accident
– Heavy falls or blows to the head

Any of these activities plus many others could result in a whiplash injury if you have a rapid movement that results in neck damage.


Symptoms Of Whiplash

You may not have symptoms straight away, but they will usually develop within a few days. Possible symptoms of whiplash include:

– Neck pain and stiffness
– Reduced mobility, specifically in the neck
– Headaches
– Pain in the shoulders, back, or arms
– Loss of feeling in the arms
– Feeling dizzy
– Blurred vision
– Ringing in the ears, also known as tinnitus
– Disrupted sleep
– More irritable
– Inability to concentrate

If you suffer a whiplash injury in Belmont, then you can expect to experience some of these symptoms. It will differ from person to person and there may be some not listed that you experience.

When these symptoms are present, then it is important that you see a doctor to get checked and discuss treatment.


How A Chiropractor Can Help With Whiplash

To start with, the chiropractor will do an assessment of your injury. Once the extent of the injury has been established, they can discuss with you a program of treatment.

If the injury is recent then you may be advised to use an ice pack at home first to reduce any swelling. They may also suggest a range of suitable neck exercises to do so that you can begin the healing process.

A whiplash injury can be extremely painful which means before the chiropractor can begin full treatment you are sent home to begin a regimen with ice packs and exercises.

Once the initial swelling has subsided you can begin treatment. The main course of treatment involves the chiropractor performing a spinal adjustment. The chiropractor will use their hands to manipulate your spine and realign your body. This process over time results in a reduction in pain and helps the body heal faster from the injury.

The other part of the treatment the chiropractor will discuss with you is help with your lifestyle. This can include advice on diet, exercises, and posture.

 

By following the chiropractor’s advice, you can speed up your recovery plus put a plan in place to reduce the risk of future injuries.

 

When you are involved in an injury that causes whiplash it is important to see a doctor for advice on treatment and pain relief.

Chiropractic treatment from the Infinity Spine Center for whiplash can be a great additional tool to help with your recovery.