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Whiplash After An Auto Accident
Whiplash is the most common auto accident injury. It occurs when the force of a rear-impact accident “whips” the cervical spine beyond its normal range of motion, affecting the spine’s natural curvature. When the cervical spine is out of alignment, this misalignment can impact everything from your ability to sleep comfortably through the night to reduced mobility. Chiropractic adjustments help bring proper alignment back to the cervical spine, restoring natural curvature and reducing pain. If you are suffering from whiplash pain after an auto accident, our Chiropractor in Boca is here to help.
A common misconception about whiplash injuries is that if your vehicle does not sustain serious damage, then your whiplash injury is minor or has not occurred at all. Unfortunately, as any Boca Raton whiplash victims knows all too well, all it takes is a minor fender bender to cause serious damage to the cervical spine. Low impact collisions can still have a serious impact on the musculoskeletal system and cervical spine. If you are experiencing neck pain, soreness and stiffness, shoulder pain, or headaches at the base of the skull, you may have sustained a whiplash injury.
In addition to pain, headaches and reduced mobility, common whiplash symptoms include difficulty concentrating on simple tasks, a lack of focus, difficulty sleeping at night, and increased irritability. You may also experience tenderness and pain in the shoulders and jaw; many whiplash victims suffer from TMJ pain that is related to their accident. Blurred vision, ringing in the ears, memory problems and depression are common.
Long-Term Effects of Whiplash
Without effective treatment from our Chiropractor in Boca, a whiplash injury can have a serious long-term impact on your overall health. When the cervical spine is out of alignment, it may compress nearby nerves, triggering radiating pain sensations along the length of the nerves. This compression can also affect nearby muscles. For example, if the RCPM muscle is compressed, it may spasm, which in turn triggers headaches. Whiplash injuries do not simply “go away” on their own. As long as the cervical spine is out of alignment, you will continue to experience pain and reduced mobility. Additionally, a misaligned cervical spine increases the risk for chronic headaches, jaw pain, and health complications.
Can a Chiropractic Adjustment Help?
Chiropractic adjustments are an effective treatment option for whiplash that targets the root cause for pain: the spinal misalignment. Our Chiropractor in Boca uses diagnostic exams to determine the precise location of a subluxation or cervical spine misalignment following a whiplash injury. Chiropractic adjustments bring proper alignment back to the cervical spine, relieving nerve and muscle compression for long-lasting pain relief and increased mobility. In fact, see the below picture* of an actual whiplash patient (2016) of before (left side) and after (right side). You can see considerable improvement of the spine back to it's normal curvature on the right. Chiropractic can help!
Whiplash patient (left-before) and treatment (right-after). Normal curvature achieved with chiropractic.
Contact Your Chiropractor in Boca for Whiplash Treatment
Don’t let whiplash pain stop you from living a full, active life. Chiropractic care is a safe, effective technique for managing your pain without the need for drugs or invasive surgery. To learn more about how chiropractic care can help your whiplash pain, contact Shadowood Chiropractic Center today. Call 561-488-4000.
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