Whiplash is usually the result of a car accident: the neck is suddenly bent forward and backward causing injury and subsequent long term pain and loss of movement. In the worst case scenario, the joints and/or discs within the spine are also injured, as well as ligaments, muscles, and nerves. Many people experience neck pain immediately but it can also have its onset pain several days later. Other symptoms of whiplash that your Ormond Beach chiropractor may inquire about include headache, dizziness, sensation of pins and needles, or pain in the back and/or shoulder.
Chiropractic treatment for whiplash will begin with a full physical exam, including tests of the muscles and movement of joints. Your chiropractor will also determine whether X-rays or MRI are called for. Once the information has been analyzed, your chiropractor will then be in a position to create a program for chiropractic care and whiplash recovery. Or, your chiropractor may assess that serious whiplash injury has occurred and refer you for surgery.
Your Ormond Beach chiropractor may treat your whiplash with a combination of muscle relaxation and trigger point therapy. You may be treated with McKenzie exercises in office, then taught to do them yourself at home so that you may take an active role in your recovery. Our office is your partner in care for your body and health overall and we will assist you in every stage of your whiplash recovery. We will also suggest ergonomic, postural, and lifestyle modifications to speed your healing from whiplash.