Whiplash is a common occurrence after an auto accident or a sports injury. No matter the cause of your whiplash, our chiropractors at First Coast Medical Center in Orange Park and Jacksonville, FL, will provide the pain relief that you need to treat your whiplash.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury to the nerves and soft tissues in your neck. The injury occurs when your head and neck move violently in one direction and then suddenly in another direction. The motion is similar to the cracking of a whip, thus its name.
Symptoms of Whiplash
If you have whiplash, you may notice pain or stiffness in your neck. The pain may worsen when you move your neck. Weakness, burning, tingling, and numbness may occur as well. Whiplash can limit your range of motion, making you unable to turn your neck as far as you could before the accident. Headaches and migraines are also common after sustaining this type of injury.
Your symptoms may extend beyond your neck. When this happens, you may experience pain, weakness, numbness, burning, or tingling that extends down one or both arms. Whiplash may cause you to experience tinnitus, dizziness, memory impairments, mood changes, agitation, depression, and sleep disturbances.
One of our chiropractors will perform a thorough examination to confirm you have whiplash. We will assess your range of motion and ask a few questions about your pain and related symptoms. This could be enough information to diagnose your injury. However, if it is not, additional testing may be needed.
If you delay treatment, you may have your symptoms for longer and experience a limited range of motion. Chiropractic care naturally helps ease your discomfort and other symptoms. One popular form of treatment is chiropractic alignment, also known as an adjustment. During this treatment, you will lay down on a table. The chiropractor moves the vertebrae in your spine, including your neck, so they align with the discs. This alleviates pressure on the nerves, soft tissues, and spinal discs.
We will also recommend chiropractic exercises, which consist of performing regulated exercises to gently stretch the muscles and soft tissues in your back. The exercises will help your blood flow throughout the affected area around your neck to encourage the recovery process. The extra blood flow transports vital nutrients to your neck, so it heals faster. Best of all, chiropractic care does not rely on pain medication or surgery to produce results.
Get Quality Chiropractic Care in Jacksonville, FL
If you live in or around Jacksonville and suspect you are experiencing whiplash, our chiropractors at First Coast Medical Center can help! Call our team today at (904) 854-1004 to schedule a consultation with one of our chiropractors.