Whiplash is a common auto accident injury. The human head sits on top of the neck and it weighs about 12 pounds. Because of the weight of the head, the neck is vulnerable to certain injuries. Whiplash occurs when the impact of an auto accident or other physical trauma forcibly and violently throws a victim's neck and head in multiple directions suddenly. At Central Alabama Spine Center in Birmingham, AL, we treat and care for patients who are suffering from whiplash.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash injuries are complicated. They involve the vertebrae in the cervical spine, the discs between them, spinal nerves, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Because of that, the symptoms can vary. They might consist of one or more of the following:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Shoulder pain
- Pain and weakness of an arm or hand
How Does a Chiropractor Diagnose Whiplash?
A whiplash diagnosis shouldn't be difficult for an experienced chiropractor when a patient complains of pain and discomfort after an auto accident. A medical history will be taken and questions will be asked about how the accident happened and the patient's symptoms. X-rays might be taken to view the alignment of the cervical spine vertebrae. Assuming that a whiplash diagnosis is confirmed, a treatment plan can be created and discussed.
How Our Chiropractor Treats Whiplash
It is not unusual for a whiplash auto accident injury to include a displaced cervical spinal vertebra, disc, or both. These will put pressure on nearby spinal nerves, and muscles will go into spasms resulting in pain. Displaced vertebrae or spinal discs are treated gently and painlessly with chiropractic adjustments. Muscle stretches, stimulation, and relaxation will probably also be used.
Specific exercises that are intended to help a displaced disc can be used to return to its intended position. These exercises can be done at home or even at the office. They consist of simple movements. Trigger point therapy will likely be used for muscles that are in spasm too.
Get Whiplash Treatment in Birmingham, AL
If you suspect that you are suffering from whiplash after an auto accident, contact Central Alabama Spine Center for an initial appointment and examination. If we confirm a whiplash injury, we will identify the source, advise you accordingly, and treat it effectively. Our goal is to eliminate your pain and discomfort while restoring your range of motion. Call our team today at (205) 868-3741 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.