As we move forward through the year, vaccines are being injected into millions of arms, which means life is getting closer and closer to being normal again. It is becoming safer to be in public, which will certainly result in people driving more often than they have in the past year. Increases in driving always leads to more automobile accidents, and more automobile accidents mean more injuries. Even the classic fender bender can cause head, neck, and spinal trauma. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries from an auto accident, even a minor fender bender. Catalyst Chiropractic & Rehab can provide effective treatment and relief from the immediate pain and discomfort of whiplash, and healing from the longer term effects of it.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a better description of what leads to the injury more commonly known as ‘whiplash’ than the injury itself. Whiplash is the sudden, and often violent, movement of the head caused by sudden, and often violent, impact. An auto accident is the best illustration of a whiplash injury. It is important to realize that whiplash can occur even during a minor fender bender. Consider this – you are sitting at a stop light, waiting for it to turn green. The driver behind you miscalculates and presses the accelerator before you do, resulting in their front bumper striking your rear bumper. The damage to each vehicle could be minor, or even negligible, but the force of the impact caused your head to snap backward into the head restraint as your body moved suddenly forward with the motion of your vehicle.
That kind of impact is often enough to cause immediate pain. But it is also possible that you would not notice any pain, stiffness, or discomfort until later. Whenever the pain becomes noticeable, it is important to schedule time with us so we can assess the severity of the injury and create a treatment plan. Even that minor impact that barely damaged your vehicles can cause severe discomfort as a result of the abrupt change in your body’s momentum.
Chiropractic Treatment For Whiplash Injuries
The accident itself need not be major in order to cause you major pain. It is possible that a minor impact can result in misalignment of the vertebrae in your neck and damage to the soft tissue that supports it. The severity of the injury will help us determine a specific kind and duration for your treatment plan, which will likely include spinal adjustment and massage therapy. If you have recently been involved in a car accident and are feeling pain, stiffness, soreness or even mild discomfort, call the staff at Catalyst Chiropractic & Rehab at (763) 205-3781 to schedule an appointment.