Whiplash Symptoms & Treatment in Everett WA
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash refers to when the skull is jerked backward and forward due to an impact collision. For instance, Most cases of whiplash associated disorder (WAD) injury occur from car accidents, although whiplash can be caused by other jerky motions such as roller coaster rides. Certainly, this motion results in damage to the neck. Besides resulting in neck pain, WAD leads to a number of different whiplash symptoms that can become chronic if the right treatment techniques are not used quickly. In fact, Dr. Hanson is a leading expert on whiplash treatment and certified in whiplash injury biomechanics & traumatology by the Spine Research of San Diego.
After a person has experienced whiplash associated disorder, they may experience a variety of symptoms. They may vary from mild to severe and may change in the days following the accident. It’s good to note that lower back pain and a whiplash injury can seem unrelated, however, lower back pain can indeed be a result of whiplash. Common whiplash symptoms include:
Most importantly, our focus is on ligament injuries, muscle injury, and joint capsule injury. Common symptoms involved with whiplash injuries are neck pain, headaches, often there’ll be dizziness, ringing in the ears, or what’s called tendonitis, nausea, sometimes even vomiting. For example, often a person will complain of pain or numbness or tingling going down to the arms and down into the hands. Specifically, they’ll often have mid back pain or low back pain. It’s very important the type of treatment that is given to one to be able to produce the best results. Neck pain and headaches are the most common whiplash symptoms, although these vary greatly from one patient to another. Above all, If whiplash treatment is not applied after an accident, these issues can become chronic and lead to many additional issues. In fact, 40-50% of those with chronic neck pain have had a history of whiplash.
Should I Receive Whiplash Treatment?
One of the reasons that whiplash injuries lead to chronic symptoms is because many people do not pursue treatment after an accident. Some accidents are minor fender benders with very little damage to the vehicles, so the occupants of the cars often don’t feel that they need to pursue care. The reality is if the vehicle didn’t sustain any damage, more than likely the force of impact was sustained by your body.
In addition to a seemingly light-force impact, some accident victims don’t notice any symptoms immediately. Afterward, they may be more focused on potential damage, exchanging insurance information with the other party, or getting to work on time. Meanwhile, adrenaline is flowing, which often makes it more difficult to recognize symptoms.
In fact, whiplash symptoms often start out mild but then increase over the days or even months. For some, the symptoms don’t show up until years later, which means that the damage is much worse and takes a lot longer to treat because of scar tissue buildup. This is it’s very important to seek whiplash treatment within 48 hours of getting in an accident, even if you don’t think anything is wrong.
Give us a call today (425-902-4996), before your symptoms get worse.
Whiplash Injury Treatment
Treatment of whiplash injuries can vary quite a bit depending on the severity of the symptoms. Ice and rest may be recommended for mild muscle strains, or drugs and surgery may be necessary for bad injuries.
Visiting a chiropractor after a car accident is highly recommended, as a more conservative approach is used and the diagnosis and treatment lead to long-term healing. Our Chiropractors are experienced in whiplash symptoms and treatment and will perform a thorough exam to determine how to reduce your neck or back pain. Treatment in our office may include:
- Adjustments: A chiropractic adjustment helps to mobilize the joints and realign the spine to its proper position.
- Massage therapy treatment: Our office offers massage for patients with soft tissue damage.
- Laser therapy: Increases circulation to help reduce spasms, swelling, and stiffness.
- Neuromuscular Rehabilitation: Some patients may need additional strengthening exercises using our Power Plate Technology physical therapy program.
Besides pain and injury, car accidents can result in a lot of stress, and we are happy to assist you with any forms or accident reports that may be requested from your insurance company. We also have a number of personal injury attorneys we can recommend if necessary.
Call Us Today
If you have been in a car accident, please give Hanson Chiropractic a call at 425-902-4996 or send us a message to schedule an appointment to discuss whiplash treatment. We are located in South Everett.