Whiplash & Chiropractic Care With Our Austin ChiropractorWhiplash is a common side effect of an auto accident. However, it can have other causes, as well. Anything that causes the muscles in the neck to move forward and back quickly will strain the muscles and cause whiplash. You can even get it on a rollercoaster. The muscle pain of whiplash can lead to a reduction in your range of motion in your neck, as well, especially if it hurts when you move your head to far in a particular direction, or any direction.
What Does a Chiropractor Do About Whiplash?
The first thing a chiropractic professional will do when you come in with neck pain is to diagnose the cause. Sometimes neck pain can be caused by things other than whiplash. Your chiropractor will look at your entire spine, because the pain in your neck may be referred from somewhere else. The doctor will also feel for tender spots, tight muscles, and other sore areas on your neck, and will check your neck's range of motion.
Your walking and posture will also be taken into consideration when making a diagnosis. Looking at all of these things together allows your doctor to understand how your unique body moves, how your spine aligns with the rest of you, and more. This information will give your doctor what he or she needs to decide if you have whiplash.
If you come in complaining of neck pain after a car accident, whiplash will, naturally be the first thing the doctor suspects. However, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis.
If whiplash is diagnosed, you may get x-rays or an MRI to determine if there were any degenerative changes in your spine before you got the injury. This knowledge will help determine the best course of treatment for you.
How Does Chiropractic Medicine Treat Whiplash?
There are several different treatments that may be used, depending on what caused your injury, and its severity. Spinal manipulation is the most common treatment, but even there, room for variation exists. There are several different types of spinal manipulation that can be used as a treatment for this injury.
Treatments can involve the traditional manipulations where the doctor places hands on the vertebrae that are affected by the muscle tension from the injury, and moves those vertebrae back into their correct positions, which relieves muscle tension and whiplash pain. Other treatments use gentle muscle stretching, and even a special instrument that applies the necessary pressure to the spine without the doctor pushing on it. Again, the treatment all depends on your unique injury. The goal of treatment is always to relieve pain and eliminate it so you can get your old life back again. Most patients go on to have a full recovery with good chiropractic treatment.