Whiplash injuries are also known as acceleration/deceleration injuries and are not always the result of car accidents. A slip or fall can give you a whiplash-type injury. Welders, for example, may suffer whiplash-type symptoms as a result of ‘nodding down’ their masks more than 50 times a day.
Chiropractors specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of whiplash, and hence will be able to determine the correct method of treatment for your specific episode. Symptoms can take months or even longer to appear and often patients who come to the clinic have been told that there is no evidence of injury on their x-rays. This is often the case; initially nothing may show up on an x-ray unless the accident was very severe and the problem may be in the muscles and ligaments, which do not appear on an x-ray.
Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash Associated Disorder
Your treatment (if appropriate) will begin with often gentle, specific manipulations, to your neck. This will decrease pain and restore normal movement to the area, aiming to ensure that each joint is working at its best. As well as manipulative treatment, we use rehabilitation techniques which may include Swiss balls and hand/eye co-ordination exercises to retrain those receptors that may have been damaged through a whiplash injury, as well as prescribing supervised neck strengthening exercises.
Although it is important to rest for a short period whilst tissues are inflamed. It then becomes equally important that you move your neck, to ensure that, if scar tissue develops, it remains flexible. Chiropractic treatment helps restore appropriate movement in your neck as quickly as possible. Early treatment significantly reduces the risk of long term problems developing.