Any sudden movement of the neck forwards and backwards can cause whiplash, whether it’s due to an injury at work, a sports injury, excessive shaking, or an accident. Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash. Rear ended car accidents increase your chances of whiplash even more as the quick forward and backward motion of the head is more likely to cause injury. Believe it or not, car accidents at a slow speed can also lead to whiplash. Studies have shown that a car moving at only 2.5 mph that is hit from behind can cause whiplash for those involved. No matter what speed your vehicle is moving at, any type of accident can lead to whiplash injury. Whiplash is extremely painful, affecting not only your ability to move your neck normally, but also how you function from day to day. If you have been involved in an accident and are suffering from whiplash, seek care from a Bentonville chiropractor for the best chance at a quick recovery and to minimize pain naturally.
Methods for Managing Whiplash Pain
Whiplash not only causes pain in the neck, but it can also cause headaches, dizziness, shoulder and back pain, or numbness and tingling. Because of the intensity of whiplash pain, the first reaction may be to turn to medication. While medication can alleviate pain for a time, it is only a temporary fix as symptoms will likely return when medications wear off. Additionally, medications can cause unwanted side effects that only exacerbate your problems, and they are not actually getting to the root cause of the issue. Chiropractic care focuses on care for the whole body, especially the musculoskeletal system that has taken the brunt of the force. Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can gently adjust you to address the root cause of pain so you can experience the relief you desire.
How Does Chiropractic Help Whiplash?
Chiropractic care specifically addresses spinal health. In cases of whiplash, it is the spine in the neck and back that is the source of whiplash pain. Every case of whiplash is different. Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Niemela has treated many people who have suffered from whiplash and is able to provide individualized care that meets your specific needs. After a spinal examination, Dr. Niemela can pinpoint problem areas, correct spinal misalignments, and address stiffness so that you can find relief from pain and injury. Chiropractic care addresses the root issue of the problem to alleviate pain, minimize inflammation, and restore proper range of motion. Chiropractic care also allows your cerebral spinal fluid to flow more liberally, bringing healing to all parts of your spinal cord and body.
Others Have Found Relief with Chiropractic
Case studies conducted on chiropractic care for whiplash have produced significant results that show the effectiveness of chiropractic care. In one specific case study, 41 people with whiplash symptoms underwent 10 weeks of chiropractic care. Upon initial examination, their average pain rating was 7.1 out of 10. With regular chiropractic care, the pain level decreased to only 0.6! Another case study of 28 people with chronic whiplash syndrome sought care with chiropractic, and 93% reported an improvement in symptoms.
Seek relief for whiplash as soon as possible so you can recover quickly and heal completely. Contact Dr. Tom Niemela today to schedule a consultation.
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