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Whiplash and Chiropractic Care

Whether from a fender-bender or tough tackle during a football game, whiplash causes neck pain and stiffness and may make it hard for you to keep up with your daily activities. 

Though you may be tempted to manage your whiplash with at-home options, chiropractic care can help you get better faster and prevent long-term chronic neck pain. 

At Back to Life Integrated Medicine in Lakewood, California, we specialize in safe, natural, and holistic treatments that support your body’s natural healing process. We often recommend chiropractic care as a first line treatment for neck pain and conditions like whiplash.

About your whiplash

Your neck is designed so you can move your head in a range of directions. Unfortunately, the flexibility of your neck also makes it vulnerable to injury.

Whiplash occurs when your neck is forcefully moved in a rapid back-and-forth motion, like a whip. This sudden motion may injure any of the components that make up your neck, including the bones, discs, muscles, ligaments, or nerves. 

Though car accidents are a common cause of whiplash, you can develop the neck injury from any activity that causes the forceful movement, such as a contact sport like football or a fall while snowboarding. 

Symptoms may not be immediate

Depending on the cause of your whiplash, you may not realize you’ve injured your neck until a few days after the accident. 

Symptoms of whiplash include:

We recommend you contact us right away as soon as you start experiencing whiplash symptoms. We specialize in auto injury treatment as well.

Without proper medical care, you may inadvertently worsen your injury and prolong your recovery.  

Whiplash and chiropractic care

Chiropractic care is more than spinal manipulation. Before we make any recommendations regarding treatment, we first conduct a comprehensive evaluation to assess your injury.

During your exam, our integrated health care team reviews your medical history and asks detailed questions about your injury, including your symptoms. We also conduct a physical exam, concentrating on the structure and function of your neuromuscular system. 

We may also request diagnostic imaging to rule out fractures or herniated discs. 

Once we fully understand the extent of your injury, then we can provide the most appropriate chiropractic care. 

Healing your injury

The goal of chiropractic care for your whiplash is to alleviate your symptoms and support your body’s natural healing process. We may use several chiropractic treatments to meet these goals, such as:

Despite what you may see on TV, we typically don’t recommend a cervical foam collar for the treatment of whiplash. The collar restricts movement and may delay your recovery.

Instead, your chiropractic care may also include exercises and stretches for you to do at home to support your recovery. We may also refer you to our physical therapy or functional rehabilitation team for a more comprehensive exercise program. 

For those experiencing delays in healing, our integrated health care team also offers regenerative medicine and platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

With early intervention, most people recover from their whiplash within a few weeks. However, if you fail to get the care you need, your whiplash may turn into a chronic neck pain problem. 

To get help with your whiplash contact us by phone or online today.

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