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Motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of spinal injury, especially whiplash. Many car accident victims receive inadequate care in the emergency room, from doctors who send patients home with pain medications and muscle relaxers. While these kinds of interventions have their place, they cannot treat spinal injuries due to motor vehicle accidents as effectively as the chiropractic care administered at Genesis Rehabilitation & Sports Injury Clinic.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to be evaluated by a chiropractor right away, even if you do not have symptoms. Whiplash and other injuries may not cause symptoms for several days following an accident. The longer you wait, the more severe your injuries can become. Wait too long, and your condition may degenerate so much that no doctor, even a chiropractor, will be able to help you achieve a complete recovery.
The most common spinal injury people sustain in motor vehicle accidents is whiplash, which occurs when the force of impact causes the head to whip back and forth, or side-to-side, quickly. The head is heavy, and the neck is delicate in comparison, so this rapid motion of the head can cause significant strain and damage to the soft tissues of the neck. Vertebral subluxation, or dislocation of the spinal vertebrae in the neck, often results.
Whiplash symptoms can include pain and stiffness in the neck, arms and shoulders. It can be difficult to move your head or neck when you are suffering from whiplash pain. But whiplash injuries can do more than just make it hard to move your head -- they can affect your whole spine, causing pain and stiffness throughout the back. Without treatment, degenerative joint disease and even osteoarthritis can occur, causing lifelong pain and dysfunction. But chiropractic treatment can prevent these complications, and bring about full relief of whiplash symptoms.
No two whiplashes cases are the same, so chiropractic treatment for this injury varies on a case-by-case basis. But at Genesis Rehabilitation & Sports Injury Clinic, chiropractic treatment for whiplash and other spinal injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents begins with an evaluation consisting of a diagnostic consultation, X-rays and perhaps other imaging tests. Once our chiropractors have determined the extent of your injuries, they will come up with a treatment plan that meets your needs.
Treatment for spinal injuries most often involves spinal manipulation, a technique in which one of our chiropractors gently moves the affected vertebrae back into the correct position. Our chiropractors may also prescribe physical therapy in order to promote faster healing of the soft tissues in the neck. These techniques can include stretching exercises, acupressure, acupuncture, massage and exercises that you will do in your own time, at home. You may also need to make lifestyle changes to facilitate your recovery.
Whiplash may seem minor, but it is no joke. Chiropractic care can relieve your pain and return you to health.