One of the most common injuries that result from automobile accidents is a condition called whiplash. The condition can cause pain and difficulty in the neck, as well as several other symptoms. Chiropractic care can be effective in relieving the symptoms. At Armeli Chiropractic in Mendota Heights, MN, we offer care for whiplash injuries from car accidents and other causes.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury that occurs in the upper spine when the head experiences a rapid backward and forward motion, such as during an impact of an auto accident. This sudden, rapid movement can cause damage to the upper vertebrae in the neck, as well as to the soft tissues such as muscles and ligaments that support the head and neck. Whiplash is generally diagnosed from physical examination, common symptoms, x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans.
What Causes Whiplash?
Usually, whiplash occurs as an auto injury, resulting from a crash. However, a whiplash injury can also result from a fall or an act of violence. Individuals can also experience whiplash from sports activities. Whenever the head experiences a fast jolt forward and backward, whiplash damage to soft tissues can occur.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
Neck pain and stiffness are common in whiplash injuries. However, whiplash can exhibit several other symptoms, such as numbness or tingling in the arms, tenderness in the back or shoulder, dizziness, or unexplained fatigue. In addition, some people experience irritability, problems with concentration and blurred vision, and ringing in the ears. Some develop sleep problems. Others may experience depression or memory issues.
How Does A Chiropractor Treat Whiplash?
Your chiropractor will carefully evaluate your physical injury and determine the right treatment modalities for your individual needs. Manual adjustment may be used to re-align spinal vertebrae in the upper body. Heat and ice may be used to reduce inflammation in tissues and improve blood flow for faster healing. Soft tissue manipulation may be used to reduce discomfort. The chiropractor may recommend corrective exercises to strengthen the muscles that support the head and neck. In addition, you will be advised on ergonomic methods to reduce the strain on tender tissues in the neck and shoulders.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Chiropractor for Whiplash Treatment in Mendota, Heights, MN
Dr. Armili uses his extensive training in chiropractic methods to help his patients in Mendota Heights, MN experience relief from discomfort and improved physical function. We treat a wide range of problems, such as low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, scoliosis, sports injuries, and accident injuries. Contact Armeli Chiropractic today at (651) 688-0736 for an appointment to learn about the chiropractic techniques for whiplash that can help restore your range of motion.