Atlanta Chiropractor Helps Car Accident Injury Patients Recover from Whiplash
Our Atlanta chiropractor has helped many car accident injury, sports injury and personal injury patients recover from whiplash. Various studies show that more than three million cases of this neck injury occur from car accidents every year, but these numbers do not take into account the neck injuries from sports mishaps and other types of accidents. Caused when a sudden force suddenly whips the neck and body in different directions, it can cause neck pain, headaches, and difficulty concentrating for years after the injury occurred. Our chiropractors urge anyone who thinks they may have suffered whiplash to come in to see them for diagnosis and chiropractic care as soon as possible to avoid further injury and troublesome pain in the future.
Whiplash Treatment Includes a Combination of Chiropractic Care and Massage Therapy to Alleviate Neck Pain
Whiplash happens in less than a second, even at speeds as low as 5mph. Because the neck is such a delicate network of vertebrae, nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels, this can cause a lot of damage. Our Atlanta chiropractor explains that when the body and head are forced into different directions in a sports injury, personal injury or car accident injury, it causes shearing forces between all of these tissues and bones that strain muscles and pinch nerves.
As quickly as it happens, however, the onset of symptoms can be deceptively delayed and many people walk away thinking they are fine. It may take hours, days or even weeks for the neck pain, headaches, moodiness, sleep disorders and other problems to surface. Without prompt attention, the symptoms can worsen over time. This is why coming in for diagnosis and chiropractic care as soon as possible after an accident is so important. We can stop the damage from worsening and prevent years of suffering.
After a careful and complete diagnosis of the sports, personal or car accident injury, we can develop a treatment plan that addresses the root problems behind the neck pain: misaligned vertebrae that are pinching nerves and painful soft tissue injuries. These treatments usually include chiropractic spinal adjustments to correct the misalignments and cervical curvature restoration to restore the neck's natural position and ease the pain of whiplash. Massage therapy can support these efforts by relieving musculoskeletal tensions in the neck, increasing circulation to injured areas and making the neck more receptive to the adjustments. We also prescribe a series of therapeutic exercises and stretches to help restore the neck's strength, flexibility and normal range of motion.
Natural pain relief is also a major goal of our whiplash treatment regimen. In addition to helping restore the neck to a healthy state, our chiropractic care methods, along with massage therapy, heat and ice therapy, TENS neurostimulation and Kinesio taping are very successful at helping people stop hurting after an accident.