Injured in an Auto Accident?
Whiplash is an ugly name for an even uglier ailment. This acute injury to the neck and cervical spine can produce agonizing pain and other uncomfortable symptoms while making it impossible for you to turn your head -- a situation that can make work, home or recreational activities a thing of the past until you get it treated. But that whiplash treatment doesn't have to involve mind-numbing drugs or invasive surgery. Our chiropractor here at Imagine Wellness Chiropractic Center, Dr. Zamora, can relieve your symptoms and help you rehabilitate your neck back to health.
What a Car Accident Can Do to Your Neck
Modern safety restraints in vehicles may save you from flying through the windshield during a car accident, but they can't do anything to keep your head from snapping backward and forward like a whip -- hence the term "whiplash." A heavy object like a car builds up a lot of momentum while in motion, even at speeds as low as 5 miles per hour, and this force is transferred to your body when that motion stops. The weight of head causes it to fly back beyond the neck's normal capacity, a problem known as hyperextension. The forceful rebound forward produces hyperflexion.
As you might imagine, these forces can do a lot of damage to the structures of the neck. The small joints that articulate the cervical spine may be strained as vertebrae are thrown out of their normal alignment. Herniated discs in the neck can impinge nerve tissue. Muscles and connective tissues may also be damaged. All these injuries can add up neck pain and immobility, headaches, shoulder pain, cervical radiculopathy (abnormal sensations in the hands and arms), blurry vision, ringing in the ears, nausea, dizziness and other debilitating symptoms.
Auto Accident Injury Treatment at Imagine Wellness Chiropractic Center
Our chiropractor in Phoenix can help you get over your whiplash by treating the actual damage, naturally and non-surgically, instead of simply prescribing painkillers for temporary relief. After performing a careful examination of the cervical spine and discussing your symptoms with you, we can administer precise chiropractic adjustments to re-position cervical joints for easier neck motion. These treatments also relieve the nerve impingement that causes many other whiplash symptoms.
Corrective exercises are another potent tool prescribed in auto accident injury treatment, including whiplash treatment. We can recommend the tight mix of exercises for your particular soft tissue problems, loosening tight muscles, relieving stiffness and helping you regain strength in your neck.
Please note that even an injury as serious as whiplash may not reveal itself right away. Some car accident injuries can "hide" while adrenaline is still being pumped through the body due to shock. Whether you know you have whiplash or not, call our Phoenix chiropractor today to schedule an evaluation as soon as possible. If you're already hurting, contact us for drug-free relief!