Whiplash is a soft tissue injury of the neck that is caused by a forcible back and forth motion that stretches the neck beyond its normal range of motion. Also called neck sprain or neck strain, whiplash commonly happens after car accidents, especially accidents where a stopped car is hit from behind. Whiplash patients often develop painful symptoms in the days and hours after the injury. A chiropractor at The Las Vegas Pain and Wellness Center can help you with pain and range of motion issues after a whiplash injury.
What Happens After a Whiplash Injury?
Whiplash pain does not always start immediately after an accident or injury. It can appear as a headache, jaw pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, or low back pain after the fact. Whiplash patients may feel pain or numbness in their arms and hands. The injury may cause patients to feel fatigued, irritable, and unable to sleep.
The neck is very vulnerable to injury because it is flexible enough to allow your head to move in many directions but at the same time, it is strong enough to support the weight of the human head. When the neck is impacted by the force of a car accident or sports injury or by a fall, the ligaments, tendons, and muscles can all become damaged.
How Can a Chiropractor Help with Whiplash Pain?
A chiropractor is uniquely trained in how the parts of the body work together. Your cervical spine, that is the formal name for your neck, is made up of intervertebral discs, muscles, ligaments, and more. A skilled chiropractor will determine what is not working correctly after injury by examining the entire spine and will develop a treatment plan to attack the pain. Treatment can include spinal adjustments, massage therapies, and more.
It is estimated that three million people suffer a whiplash injury each year. If whiplash is not treated, it can lead to chronic pain. The Las Vegas Pain and Wellness Center is dedicated to diagnosing what is wrong and figuring out how to fix it.
Call Las Vegas Pain and Wellness Center Today!
If you have been in a car accident and are bothered by whiplash pain, make an appointment today with the Las Vegas Pain and Wellness Center. You can call our office or submit our online appointment request form. Whether you need specific whiplash pain management care, or you are interested in beginning a journey of chiropractic care, The Las Vegas Pain and Wellness Center is here to help.