Suffering From Whiplash-Your Baltimore Chiropractor Can Help
Did you know that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 3 million people are injured in car accidents each year? When it happens to you, the physical and emotional trauma that follows can be devastating. You are thankful that it wasn’t worse and initially you think with rest the pain will go away. Unfortunately, with some injuries, the pain doesn’t go away on it’s own and may need treatment to heal. One of the most common injuries in an auto accident is to the soft tissues, and is known as Whiplash.
A whiplash injury occurs when the muscles and ligaments are stretched and torn due to a sudden jerking movement of the head and neck. A rear end collision often causes this type of injury and the pain may begin immediately following the accident or begin hours to days later.
What Are The Symptoms Of Whiplash?
Whiplash has many telltale symptoms, some of the more common ones include:
*decreased range of motion in your neck
*pain or numbness in your hand and or arm
How is Whiplash Treated?
If you think you may have whiplash, a visit to your local Chiropractor may be necessary. A Chiropractor is trained and licensed to treat Whiplash and uses a variety of methods to diagnose and treat you. Depending on your needs, the Doctor will first do a consultation and physical exam which may include x-rays to determine the root cause of your pain. In the case of car accidents, some of the following techniques may be used:
* Massage Therapy : A licensed therapist may be on staff to provide deep tissue massage designed to release the pressure on the soft tissues and promote healing.
* Physical Therapy : Your Chiropractor may recommend a series of exercises designed to increase blood flow to the area and eliminate muscle spasms as well as hot or cold therapy as part of your treatment.
* Spinal Manipulation : There are many safe and effective techniques available to treat you and after a thorough examination, your doctor will determine the best course of action.
You don’t have to live in pain, and if left untreated, your condition will often get worse. If you have been in an auto accident, Dr. Johnson can help. He has been in practice for almost 20 years and as your Baltimore Chiropractor, he and his staff will work hard to make you feel welcome and get you on the road to health as quickly as possible.
For a free consultation, give us a call at (410) 744-1233 or for more information about our office visit us at www.MyPainReliefCenter.com .