If you’ve recently been in an auto accident, you should seek the care of an integrative specialist. Even if you’re not having symptoms, you could have sustained injuries that can lead to long-term problems. At Cornerstone Integrated Healthcare in North Port, Florida, the team of specialists can determine if there are any issues and address them without medication or surgery. Call Dr. Jeffre Price and his team today to schedule your appointment or book it easily online.
Whiplash is the result of your head and neck moving forward and backward quickly and beyond its normal range of motion. It often occurs during auto accidents, when the head whips back and forth.
When your neck is strained this way, your muscles overextend. That can cause strains or tears and can force your spine out of alignment. It can also cause damage to your spinal joints, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerve roots.
If these are left untreated, they can lead to a range of severe conditions, including nerve impingement.
Whiplash can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
Whiplash symptoms may not appear right away. Sometimes it may take days or weeks before they manifest.
Whiplash can be treated in a variety of manners, depending on the extent of your injury and where, as well as the severity of your symptoms.
Dr. Price may recommend spinal manipulation to realign your spine. If your muscles are tight or spasming, he may suggest muscle stimulation and relaxation. He may also use cervical traction to reduce any pressure on your spinal discs.
He may also suggest at-home exercises you can do to stretch and strengthen these muscles to support the spine.
Although it’s important to see a chiropractor after experiencing whiplash, there are some things you can do at home to reduce your symptoms. Dr. Price suggests using heat and ice treatment, as well as resting your neck for the first few days after the strain.
He may also recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce pain and decrease inflammation.
If you’ve been in an auto accident and think you may have whiplash, don’t wait. Call Dr. Price’s office today to schedule your appointment or book it online now.