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Diagnosing and Treating Whiplash

Whiplash most commonly occurs during car accidents, but it can happen any time the neck is jerked back and forth rapidly. If you have recently been in a car accident or suspect you have whiplash, it is important to schedule an appointment with our Boca Raton chiropractor for a complete evaluation.

Whiplash Symptoms

Symptoms of whiplash include neck and back stiffness and pain, headaches and difficulty moving the head and neck. Most people do not experience symptoms until 24 to 48 hours later, and some people do not experience symptoms until months later. This is because when whiplash occurs, the neck loses its curvature. Over time, the pain does not go away. In fact, the pain and damage become worse as the year progress.

Because the vertebrae in the neck are misaligned, the nerves become agitated, and the discs start to compress. Eventually, movement of the neck is permanently limited and bone spurs start to appear. Thankfully, chiropractic care can realign your neck, decrease you r pain and promote complete healing.

Treatment Options with our Chiropractor

Chiropractic adjustments can restore the curvature of the spine. This stops the progression of whiplash and restores range of motion. It also prevents bulging and herniated discs in the neck and the subsequent bone spurs.

Treatment starts with a thorough evaluation. Our chiropractor will determine if you have whiplash and its severity. Then, a course of treatment will be recommended. We typically advise that our clients come in for one to three treatments a week. Most individuals experience a reduction in pain after the first treatment. Over the next few weeks, pain and headache severity and frequency will decrease.

Complete healing usually takes between six months and two years, depending on the severity of the injury and the length of time it has been left to progress. This is why we recommend that individuals come in for an evaluation as soon as possible after their car accident or head injury.

Would you visit our chiropractor for whiplash treatment?
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