Injuries to the neck caused by a rapid movement of the head backward, forward, or side to side, is referred to as “Whiplash.” Whether the result of a car accident, slip and fall accident, sports injury or work injury, whiplash or other neck injuries need a thorough chiropractic exam.
As a Chiropractor, I’ve seen at least a hundred whiplash type neck injuries in my career. I use physical therapy modalities, rehabilitation and chiropractic treatments to provide neck pain and back pain relief. In the past, a typical whiplash injury where no bones were broken was hard to diagnose. Whiplash injuries do not always show up on x-ray and symptoms can start days after the accident or injury. The muscles tighten in an effort to support the head, limiting neck movement.
Those suffering from whiplash and neck pain often complain of headaches. These headaches, like the neck pain, are often the result of tightened, tensed muscles and are often felt at the base of the head or behind the eyes. Bulging discs or herniated disks may cause pain or a numb feeling into the arms, hands, and fingers, which are sometimes relieved by holding your hand over your head. This may be a sign that you need treatment for your injuries. If you’ve been injured at work or in a motor vehicle accident, do yourself a favor and make an appointment to come see me at OasisMD. Call today 760.635.7800.
~ Travis C. Ehlers, DC, CCSP