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Whiplash Causes and Treatment with our Austin, TX ChiropractorWhiplash Causes & treatment

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Whiplash is a common condition experienced by people involved in car accidents and other impact-related incidents. At Whitehead Chiropractic in Austin TX, we regularly treat patients affected by whiplash. Understanding the cause of this problem and what treatments have been most effective against whiplash can help patients seek out the right kind of care for their needs.

Whiplash Causes

Whiplash occurs when small tears appear in the muscles and ligaments of the neck. Whiplash can cause soft tissue injuries that can cause prolonged disability, especially if the injury is not treated properly and in a timely fashion. Symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Inflammation
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Pain radiating up the neck and into the scalp
  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Tenderness
  • Difficulty sleeping

Because of the nature of the injury, these symptoms may not present themselves until days or weeks after an accident occurs. Many patients walk away from the site of the accident without realizing that they’ve been injured, only to notice signs of injury much later.

Some patients are much more susceptible to whiplash than others. For example, women have a thinner neck and less rigid joints, which puts them at higher risk for whiplash. I addition, people who use head restraints that are too low in cars can cause a more severe whiplash injury than vehicles that don’t use head restraints at all. However, all patients are at risk for whiplash and must be cognizant of the possibility of whiplash after a car accident occurs.

Patients who do not experience symptoms of whiplash immediately after an accident occurs are still encouraged to see chiropractic care, even if their vehicle was barely damaged in the accident. Your chiropractor can diagnose your condition even before symptoms present themselves.

Whiplash Treatment in Austin

In standard medical settings, whiplash is treated with bed rest and a cervical collar to keep the neck immobilized. However, in a chiropractic setting, patients are treated with a combination of spinal adjustment, stretches and exercises and applications of ice.

Spinal adjustment is a technique we use to realign the vertebrae and reduce pressure on the spinal cord. Spinal adjustment helps treat subluxations, improve circulation to the injured area. Many patients who are given spinal adjustment start to feel better immediately upon receiving the treatment.

At Whitehead Chiropractic, we also teach our patients to do stretches and exercises that will help improve mobility, reduce inflammation, reduce muscle tension and help the patient stay mobile during recovery. Patients are encouraged to perform their exercises daily. This active form of treatment helps patients experience less pain overall and regain standard mobility much more quickly than the traditional medical treatments.

Contact Your Chiropractor in Austin for Whiplash Treatment

Whiplash accelerates cervical spondylosis by 15 years, so seeking treatment for your whiplash is critical. We can help you get treatment for your car accident injuries. Whether you’re experiencing symptoms or simply want to get a check up after your accident, contact us today at 512-451-0115.

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Early mobilization of acute whiplash injuries

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Whiplash Injury

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