Whiplash is the term used to describe an injury of the neck and upper spine that occurs when the body experiences a rapid forward and backward movement, similar to the crack of a whip. The action can cause damage to the disks, muscles and ligaments of the upper spine that results in neck pain, headaches and limited movement. Dizziness and numbness in the arms can also occur. In some cases, memory problems, ringing in the ears, blurred vision and sleep problems may also be a result. If the injury is severe, the symptoms may become chronic.
Whiplash injuries often occur in an auto accident, when the vehicle is hit from the rear by another car or during athletic activities when a participant experiences a hard impact from another player. It can also occur in domestic abuse and other types of violence.
Your chiropractor can help provide relief from whiplash symptoms without the use of prescription medications and without lengthy physical therapy. Manipulation of the spine improves alignment and function. Stimulation of muscles through pressure points can aid tissue healing. Exercises help to strengthen supporting structures. Your chiropractor can also give advice about ergonomic changes to prevent further injury. These measures can be used to successfully relieve whiplash discomfort and provide normal range-of-motion in the neck.
Dr. King, Dr. Sonn and the staff at Premier Wellness Group are dedicated to providing compassionate, individualized care for their patients in Cape Coral, Fort Myers and surroundings communities. Dr. King takes a “whole person” approach to chiropractic treatment, with a variety of techniques that help to relieve pain and improve function. We offer spinal manipulation, corrective exercise, lifestyle advice, nutritional counseling, trigger point therapy and regenerative cell therapy. We can help many different conditions, including back pain, knee pain, neck pain, disk problems, sciatica, stenosis and other problems. Contact Premier Wellness Group today for an appointment to discuss the options for treatment of your whiplash pain and stiffness.