Queens Chiropractor Offers Non-Invasive Treatment For Whiplash
Whiplash is a severe injury of the neck that does not typically heal on its own. We offer non-invasive treatments that are designed to naturally reduce your discomfort and headaches.
Causes and Effects of Whiplash
Whiplash, which is a sprain and strain of the ligaments, tendons and muscles of the neck, is the number one car accident injury. Though, whiplash can also occur if the individual is hit in the head or experiences a sports injury of the head and neck. If left untreated, the effects can continue for the rest of the individual’s life.
During a whiplash injury, the head and neck are extended well beyond their useful range of motion. This misaligns the cervical vertebrae and stretches all the soft tissues, muscle and surrounding structures. In severe cases, the vertebrae are straightened, which can cause a permanent loss of range of motion and the development of bone spurs on the edges of the vertebrae.
Symptoms of whiplash include headaches, migraines, numbness and tingling in the arms, dizziness and difficulty or discomfort when moving the head.
Chiropractic Neck Pain Treatments
We offer non-invasive treatments for whiplash and severe strains and sprains of the neck. Our natural treatment options of designed to reduce discomfort and headaches and restore the range of motion of the cervical vertebrae.
The two primary treatments we use to heal whiplash are chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy. Chiropractic adjustments are used to realign the cervical vertebrae and restore their proper curvature. This reduces pain and inflammation and starts the healing process. Once the vertebrae are properly aligned, there is little risk of further damage and bone spurs do not develop.
Massage therapy compliments the adjustments and helps immediately reduce discomfort while promoting circulation and healing. The kneading and pressing on the sore muscles of the upper back and shoulders, releases tension and pressure and reduces sore and tight spots. It also promotes the release of lactic acid, which is what causes muscle soreness after exercise, and it can help reduce the severity and frequency of tension headaches, light sensitivity and dizziness.
Some individuals notice a reduction in pain after the first few treatments. Others need several weeks of treatments to notice an improvement in how they feel. Typical treatment lengths for whiplash vary depending on the severity and age of the injury. The longer an individual goes without treatment, the longer it will take to heal. In general, individuals can expect treatment to last anywhere from six months to 24 months.
If you have recently been in a car accident or believe your pain and headaches are caused by whiplash, do not hesitate to seek treatment with our chiropractor. The effects of whiplash often do not subside on their own. In fact, most individual notice an increase in pain and headaches the longer thy go without treatment.
To schedule an initial evaluation for your neck pain and headaches, call our Queens chiropractor at (347) 960-7774.