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Whiplash Auto Injury
Whiplash is a severe neck injury that typically occurs during car accidents. Our chiropractor, Dr. Darr, can diagnose and treat your whiplash naturally, using several conservative treatments.
Car Accidents and Whiplash
When a vehicle impacts another vehicle or object, the head impacts the headrest. It is then thrust forward by the sudden deceleration of the vehicle. Since your head is not anchored, it stretches forward until the ligaments, muscles and tendons in the neck can stretch no further. This causes significant damage to the soft tissues and vertebrae in the neck.
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Light Sensitivity
- Neck Pain
- Severe Headaches
- Stiffness in the Neck, Upper Back and Shoulders
- Tingling in the Arms
Chiropractic Care for Auto Injuries in Westlake
Our Westlake chiropractor, Dr. Darr, recommends scheduling an appointment as soon as you can after your car accident. The symptoms of whiplash can take several days to appear. By that time, the body has already created inflammation in an attempt to start healing itself. This can injure the surrounding soft tissues, causing more pain and stiffness. Whiplash can also get worse with time. If it is left untreated, the vertebrae in the neck may actually start to grow bone spurs, which can lead to a permanent loss of range of motion in the neck.
The first step to reducing your pain involves a thorough examination and diagnosis. This tells our chiropractor where your injuries are located and the severity of your injuries. From there, a treatment program will be developed that may include chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic massage, physical therapy and nutritional counseling. These treatments can be used alone or combined, depending on our chiropractor's findings.
Our chiropractor understands that you want immediate pain relief, which is why our primary focus involves reducing your pain. This can be accomplished with chiropractic adjustments and therapeutic massage. The massage helps reduce muscle tension and pain while increases localized circulation. It also makes the chiropractic adjustments last longer, which gives your body more time to heal.
Chiropractic adjustments are used to realign your cervical vertebrae. When the vertebrae in the neck are misaligned, they cannot adequately support the head. The misaligned vertebrae can also compress nerves and create inflammation.
When muscles are strained, they instantly become weak, which decreases their ability to move and support the head and neck. Physical therapy can help strengthen those muscles, improve range of motion and reduce your pain.
Our chiropractor may also recommend eating healthier. If your diet is filled with processed foods and fast foods, you may not be getting all the nutrients you need to properly heal. Eating healthier can also improve the restfulness of your sleep.
To learn more about how we can reduce your pain and heal your whiplash injury, call our chiropractic office at 440-835-8484. We serve Bay Village and Rocky River as well as Westlake.