You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.
Neck Pain & Whiplash
Did you know that a minor fender-bender could cause major damage to your neck? Car accidents at speeds as slow as 5mph can cause whiplash and chronic pain. Whiplash is a term used to describe injuries to both the cervical spine and the surrounding soft tissues. While it is not a life-threatening injury, it is still considered a traumatic spinal injury. If you are an auto accident victim and are currently suffering from neck pain, our Frankfort chiropractor can help.
Whiplash injuries upon rear impact knocking the cervical spine beyond its normal range of motion. When the neck is whipped backwards and forwards, a spinal misalignment may occur. While most people walk away from a car accident with only minor bruises, internal musculoskeletal damage can be very serious. In a rear-impact, the lower cervical vertebra may be knocked out of proper alignment, causing an abnormal S-shaped curve. Secondary injuries can also occur to the ligaments and muscles in the neck, causing stiffness and soreness.
Following the accident, you may experience neck pain, stiffness, shoulder pain, headache, dizziness and fatigue. Other symptoms, including jaw or arm pain may also occur. Unfortunately, if your spine is out of alignment, it cannot simply “get better” on its own. In fact, the longer treatment is delayed, the worse your symptoms may become. While medication may provide temporary relief, chiropractic care is necessary to restore proper spinal alignment. Due to chronic pain, some patients may become depressed, angry and frustrated, suffering from insomnia and decreased work performance.
If we are suffering from pain following an auto accident, our Frankfort chiropractor will perform diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause. For many patients, an underlying subluxation (another term for a spinal misalignment) is the cause. A misaligned spine may also compress nearby nerves, causing a pinched nerve. If your spine is out of alignment, chiropractic adjustments are the best way to restore proper alignment and relieve pressure on the nerve.
Corrective exercises and physiotherapy treatments may also help restore mobility, minimize inflammation and relieve pain. Contrary to common belief, gentle movement is important. We do not recommend immobilizing the neck for extended periods in a cervical collar. Long-term immobilization prevents the flow of oxygen-rich blood through the neck, which is essential to healing. A neck massage is a gentle way to release tension, promote blood flow, and ease pain.
In addition to whiplash injuries, degenerative disc disease, a pinched nerve, neck strain, or a viral infection that triggers lymph node swelling may also cause neck pain. If you are suffering from pain, do not delay treatment. Our Frankfort chiropractor can determine the cause for your pain and get you back on the road to good health.