Whiplash gets its name from the motion that tends to cause this neck injury, similar to the cracking of a whip. Typically, when someone develops whiplash, it comes from the neck being propelled forward and backward rapidly. The soft tissues and nerves become damaged and painful. At Burke Chiropractic, serving Smyrna and Kennesaw, GA, our chiropractor provides natural pain management and treatment options for whiplash and other conditions. We will help you return to a healthy, pain-free life.
Symptoms of whiplash may include an inability to move your neck through its full range of motion. You may have pain that worsens when you attempt to move your neck. Sometimes, the pain will extend to your shoulders and upper arms. Numbness, weakness, tingling, stiffness, and burning are possible as well.
Other potential symptoms are as follows:
- Tinnitus (ringing in your ears)
- Sleep difficulties
- Back pain
- Blurred vision
- Headaches or migraines
- Irritability and mood changes
- Memory problems
Causes of Whiplash
In most cases, whiplash occurs as a rear-end auto accident injury. However, whiplash can also be a sports injury from a contact sport like rugby. Physical assault could cause whiplash as well. Any form of trauma, like a personal injury or slip and fall, may also cause whiplash.
When you visit our family chiropractor, we will ask about your medical history. Once you visit with our chiropractor, you'll be asked questions about when the injury occurred, what symptoms you're experiencing, how long the symptoms have lasted, and other similar questions.
As a personal injury chiropractor, our practitioner will want to assess your range of motion and will want to know your pain level. Our chiropractor will gently examine your neck to assess for tender areas.
Pain management, healing, and optimizing function are often the main goals of a whiplash treatment program. Our chiropractor will create a treatment plan unique to you. We often use a chiropractic adjustment or spinal decompression. This will realign the body and allow discs to move back into place.
Our chiropractor may also recommend exercise therapy, which consists of guided exercises that slowly work your neck. The exercises encourage blood flow to the region to promote healing. The exercises will increase your range of motion and help you regain full function of your neck.
Visit Our Personal Injury Chiropractor in Smyrna, GA for Whiplash Treatment