When most people hear the word ‘whiplash their first thought is about a car accident. This is for a very good reason – car accidents are one of the most frequent causes of all whiplash cases. Modern vehicles are much safer than older vehicles, and as a result, many more people are now able to survive a car accident. This is an incredibly positive trend, but even these safety improvements cannot prevent the number of whiplash injuries. Fortunately, however, the staff at Catalyst Chiropractic and Rehab has the training and expertise to help our clients find relief from a whiplash injury.
Common Causes of Whiplash
Whiplash is a condition caused by the sudden and often violent movement of the head and neck. The force of impact in even low speed auto accidents is often enough to cause that sudden and violent movement of the head and neck. The pain associated with whiplash can be mild to excruciating and can surface soon after an accident or even after a few days have passed. In more mild cases, the pain may be caused by simple strain on the muscles of the neck. In more serious cases, the pain is the result of muscle injury and the misalignment of the vertebrae in the neck, caused by that sudden and violent motion.
The human body is remarkably strong and resilient, but it is still vulnerable to injury. When the motion of an automobile is stopped suddenly, your neck (and back) is vulnerable to the sudden and violent movement. Whiplash can happen outside of a car too. Athletes who play contact sports often suffer whiplash. One person who turns a corner and runs into another person can be jolted violently enough to experience whiplash. The causes of whiplash are too numerous to list, but one aspect of the result unites all who experience it: It is painful and can be difficult to get rid of.
Effective Whiplash Treatment
Treatment of whiplash requires the expertise of a service like Catalyst Chiropractic. The structures of the head and neck require deep understanding of biology and physiology to ensure that further injury is not caused. Catalyst Chiropractic most often recommends a combination of chiropractic adjustment, which restores proper alignment of the vertebrae in the neck; massage therapy, which relieves stress in the muscles that support the spinal structure; and acupuncture to help the body’s natural healing properties to be activated. Our staff will sit down with you to learn more about your specific injury so that we can develop a personalized treatment plan designed to help you heal and get back to your pre-accident condition as quickly as possible.
If you are having neck or back pain and think that you might have a case of whiplash, call us (763) 205-3781 to schedule an appointment.