The Long-Term Effects of Whiplash

If you’ve ever been in a car accident, you know the long-lasting pain of injuries. One of the most common injuries people sustain in an auto accident is whiplash, a condition that can also increase your risk for long-term complications.

At DMC Healthcare, experienced chiropractor, Bryan Weddle, DC, specializes in relieving the pain and limitations whiplash can have on your life. Dr. Weddle customizes a treatment plan to your needs to address your persistent neck pain, shoulder pain, and other issues that arise from a car accident.

The physical effects of whiplash

Whiplash is a type of injury that occurs when your cervical spine (neck) moves aggressively in a backward and forward motion. The condition often develops in a car accident where you’re rear-ended by another vehicle, but it can also happen during sports or a fall.

As your head snaps back and forth, you can sustain damage in any of the structures of your cervical spine, including your:

Whiplash can also cause damage to your nerves that results in persistent upper back, shoulder, neck pain, and other complications. If left untreated, you may be facing a variety of health issues in your future that limit what you can do.

Whiplash and its long-term complications

The violent movement of your neck in an accident can cause a number of injuries you may not even realize you have. Immediately after a traumatic event, your body is still filled with adrenaline that can mask pain and limited mobility.

In the days and weeks after your accident, serious signs of whiplash might become more noticeable. Some of the common symptoms of whiplash that require medical intervention from an experienced chiropractor like Dr. Weddle include:

You may also be at higher risk for developing degenerative spine conditions like arthritis and degenerative disc disease, a condition that causes the premature breakdown of the protective spinal discs that absorb the shocks of your movements.

To prevent these types of long-term whiplash complications, Dr. Weddle recommends that you schedule a diagnostic evaluation soon after your accident. He can assess your spine flexibility and other aspects of your health to identify potential issues the accident has caused.

An early evaluation also ensures you begin receiving the treatment you need to prevent the onset of severe pain. Chiropractic care also focuses on promoting efficient healing in the ligaments and muscles that support your cervical spine.

Benefits of chiropractic care for whiplash

In addition to relieving the pain of whiplash, Dr. Weddle can use a variety of chiropractic techniques to improve your overall spine health.

Manual manipulations of your spine, spinal decompression, and soft tissue therapies restore your spine’s alignment and reduce pain associated with inflammation and nerve compression. You may also benefit from stretching exercises to increase your flexibility.

Other benefits of Dr. Weddle’s chiropractic services for whiplash include:

Chiropractic care can also work as a preventive therapy, lessening your risk for ongoing back and neck pain, headaches, and other common complications of whiplash.

If you’ve been involved in a car accident or other type of traumatic event, call DMC Healthcare to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Weddle or request an appointment through the online system today. 

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