How Whiplash Damages Your Neck and Spine

How Whiplash Damages Your Neck and Spine

An estimated two million people experience whiplash each year in the United States. This type of injury is both common and painful.

At DMC Healthcare, Bryan Weddle, DC, offers comprehensive chiropractic care for whiplash injuries to protect the long-term health and function of your lumbar and cervical (neck) spine. 

Dr. Weddle customizes a treatment program to alleviate your pain and prevent the need for more invasive treatments, including surgery.

What to know about whiplash

Whiplash is an injury that occurs when your neck moves forcefully back and forth. One of the most common causes of whiplash is auto accidents. At the time of impact, the structures in your neck and spine can be damaged. These structures include your muscles, tendons, nerves, and spinal discs.

You can also suffer whiplash injuries from falls or from the physical impact of certain sports, especially football, skiing, and boxing.

Symptoms of whiplash can include:

Unfortunately, these symptoms may not show up immediately after the event. In fact, many people don’t receive the treatment they need right away because it can take time for pain and other symptoms to develop.

For this reason, Dr. Weddle recommends that you schedule a diagnostic evaluation after any kind of traumatic event, even if you feel okay.

Worsening of whiplash

Without treatment, your whiplash can worsen over time and ultimately cause a disability. Muscle strains and ligament strains can progress into soft tissue tears. If the vertebrae in your spine are damaged, you may be at increased risk for chronic pain and disability from osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint condition.

Your cervical spine may be at special risk for injuries like herniated discs because of whiplash. A herniated disc occurs when the protective discs that sit between your vertebrae tear and the soft-gel center protrudes outward.

These discs typically absorb the shocks of your movements and when damaged, the gel center can press on surrounding nerves and cause chronic pain and the loss of your range of motion.

Chiropractic care for whiplash

The chiropractic techniques we use to treat whiplash can reduce your risk for long-term pain and other whiplash complications.

Dr. Weddle specializes in a variety of techniques to realign your spine and prevent unnecessary damage to surrounding soft tissues. He also focuses on increasing the range of motion you have in your neck with manual spine adjustments and spinal decompression services.

During your initial evaluation, Dr. Weddle will evaluate your spine and neck function. He can determine which techniques will benefit your health and your recovery from a whiplash injury.

We also offer comprehensive rehabilitation services to ensure your range of motion is restored and any damage from your whiplash injury heals fully. Dr. Weddle designs a rehabilitation program to your unique needs, so you can return to work, sports, and your other activities safely and in optimum health.

If you’ve had an accident and have whiplash symptoms, schedule a diagnostic evaluation online or call DMC Healthcare today.

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