Traffic headaches are nothing new to the Charlotte area. Streets are continuously crowded, and construction on main roadways only serves to make the situation worse. Auto accidents are an all too common occurrence, and when they do happen, those traffic headaches can become quite real. It is estimated that in accidents involving rear-end collisions, 1 in 5 individuals will suffer from pain and stiffness in the neck. Unfortunately, many of these individuals do not immediately realize the extent of their injuries and are not seeking the chiropractic care that they need.
When an automobile collision occurs, the neck is often forcefully and quickly moved in opposing directions. This type of injury, known as whiplash, can result in strain and damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck. However, the trauma caused may not be instantly recognized. Symptoms such as headaches, neck pain and stiffness, or lower back pain may take days or weeks to develop and can last for years once they do. After having been involved in an auto accident, it is important to seek immediate care to evaluate injuries and prevent them from causing long-term damage.
Chiropractic physicians are uniquely qualified to treat automobile-related injuries such as whiplash. They cannot only evaluate the extent of injury, but they can also develop a non-surgical treatment plan to restore comfort and function to the damaged areas. Among the treatments offered by chiropractors are:
- Spinal Manipulation: Spinal manipulation is the single-most effective method for reducing the long-termeffects of whiplash injuries. It involves manual manipulation of the spine to restore thenormal movement and position of the spinal vertebrae.
- Soft Tissue Rehabilitation: Soft tissue rehabilitation is particularly effective in treating whiplash injuries, as theseare the areas most commonly affected. Treatments such as massage therapy, electro- stimulation, trigger point therapy, stretching, and specific strength and range of motionexercises may help the patient avoid permanent impairment or disability.
Each of these treatment options can be quite beneficial when treating whiplash. However, the best results will typically be gained by using them in conjunction with one another. Additionally, it is important that any recommendations for home care be followed as well. These may include the use of ice packs, limiting physical activity, or performing specific stretches and exercises. By following the complete recommended treatment plan at all times, injuries can show vast improvement and more invasive treatment may be avoided.
The physicians at SouthEast Chiropractic have a great deal of experience in successful treatment options for whiplash, using therapies that help our patients avoid years of unnecessary discomfort. If you have been involved in an auto accident, contact our office for an appointment, and allow our doctors to help you get back on track.