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Dealing with whiplash after an accident? Find out how chiropractic care can help.
Are you an athlete who is experiencing neck pain and stiffness after a bad tackle? Are you having neck problems after a car accident? If you said “yes” to either of these questions then chances are good that you are dealing with whiplash, an injury caused by a sudden, severe jerk of the neck. Read on to learn more about this condition, and call the Everett, WA, office of chiropractor Dr. Christopher Keezer for treatment!
What is whiplash?
This injury causes the neck to hyperextend during a sudden or violent movement often caused by a car accident, work-related injury, or sports accident. However, anything that suddenly jolts the neck out of place can lead to whiplash.
What kind of damage can whiplash cause?
Whiplash has the ability to affect the cervical vertebrae in the neck, leading to herniated discs, joint dysfunction, pinched nerves, and sprained muscles.
What are the common symptoms of whiplash?
The most common symptoms associated with whiplash are neck pain and stiffness. You may find that you aren’t able to turn your head in certain directions without experiencing pain. As a result of muscle tension and even damage to the soft tissue in the neck, you may also notice more headaches.
Depending on the extent of the damage, you may also experience numbness or tingling in the shoulders and arms. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to schedule an evaluation with one of the chiropractic specialists at our Everett office.
How can a chiropractor treat whiplash?
One of the most common therapeutic treatments that we offer is spinal manipulation. This treatment method involves applying manual pressure to areas of the body to readjust and realign soft tissue such as ligaments, muscles, tendons, and certain areas of the spine to reduce pain and swelling, improve functionality, and increase range of motion. Performing this adjustment also boosts blood flow, an effect that speeds up the healing process, as well.
We may also perform various gentle stretches with you to ease the muscle tension and achiness caused by your whiplash. We will walk you through the steps of each exercise so that you can also perform them comfortably within your own home or wherever else you choose.
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Think that you might be suffering whiplash? If so, call The Back Pain Relief Center in Everett, WA, today at (425) 259-3700 to find relief!
Pain from auto accidents doesn't always appear immediately. In fact, you may not notice any aches or pains until a few days or weeks have passed. Fortunately, your Everett, WA, chiropractor, Dr. Christopher Keezer, offers effective treatments for whiplash and other auto accident injuries.
Common symptoms after an accident
If your accident was only minor and didn't cause much damage to your car, you may not even realize that your symptoms are due to the accident. Unfortunately, you can still be hurt even if your car or truck looks fine. Anytime, your body moves back and forth abruptly, you're at risk of developing whiplash and other injuries. Whether you hit the dashboard or just encounter resistance from your seatbelt, you can develop painful injuries as a result of your accident.
These symptoms can occur after an accident:
- Pain in your joints, soft tissues and muscles
- Stiff joints that are hard to move
- Back pain
- Difficulty moving your head and neck without pain or stiffness
- Numbness and tingling in hands, feet, legs or arms
How does my Everett chiropractor treat auto accident injuries?
A spinal misalignment due to an auto accident can cause back and neck pain, but misalignments can also affect your muscles, tendons and ligaments. If your spine isn't properly aligned, you may experience stiff muscles, tingling, numbness and headaches. During your visit, your Everett chiropractor may recommend spinal manipulation, a treatment that uses gentle pressure to realign your spine and improve blood flow to injured tendons, ligaments and soft tissues.
Manipulations aren't the only treatments that your chiropractor offers. Massage may be used to loosen your tight muscles, improve range of motion, break up scar tissues, improve circulation to the injured area and speed healing. Your treatment plan may also include muscle relaxation, exercises to stretch and strengthen your muscles, Traction or Cold Laser Therapy, an innovative treatment method that reduces pain and inflammation.
Has an auto accident left you in pain? Schedule an appointment with your Everett, WA, chiropractor, Dr. Christopher Keezer, by calling (425) 259-3700 to schedule an appointment.
Neck Pain: Common Causes and Treatments
Neck pain affects millions of people every year. Signs and symptoms include pain in the neck area, muscle tightness, spasms, and stiffness. Chiropractors specialize in treatment of neck pain. The Back Pain Relief Center, located in Everett, WA, offers such treatments with Dr. Christopher Keezer at the helm. Read on to learn about the common causes and treatments for neck pain!
Causes of Neck Pain
Bad Posture: Poor posture can cause neck pain. If your day involves using a laptop or smartphone, curling up on a couch to watch TV, or reading a book, you may experience neck pain from improper posture. This is due to the possibility that you may be bending your neck and shoulders in an unhealthy position for a long period of time.
Muscle strains: A muscle strain is the tearing or stretching of a muscle or tissue connecting muscle to bone. Overuse, such as spending too much time hunched over your smartphone or computer, can trigger muscle strains. Even minor things, such as gritting your teeth or reading in bed, can strain your neck muscles.
Injuries: Injuries can cause neck pain. A minor neck injury may result from tripping, excessive twisting of the spine, or falling from a short distance. A severe neck injury may result from whiplash in a car accident, a sports-related injury, a direct blow to the head, or fall from significant heights.
Diseases: Although it’s rare, sometimes neck pain may be a warning sign of a spinal cord injury, meningitis, cancer, infection, or an autoimmune disease. Call your doctor if you have neck pain that persists after a few weeks, radiates down your arms or legs, or is accompanied by a headache, tingling, or numbness.
Treatments for Neck Pain
Massage: Massages are offered in many chiropractic offices, for when it comes to treating persistent neck pain, massages are serious medicine. Experts even say that they're better at relieving pain than taking actual pain medications! Sufferers of neck pain can generally find relief after only a few massage therapy sessions.
Neck Adjustment: Chiropractic adjustment, also called spinal manipulation, is a procedure in which a chiropractor uses a small instrument or just their hands to apply force to a spinal joint. The goal of spinal manipulation is to correct structural alignment and improve physical functioning. Neck pain, back pain, and headaches are the most common problems for which people seek chiropractic adjustment.
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If you have never been to a doctor of chiropractic before, why not take the first step to a healthier you? Call The Back Pain Relief Center at 425-259-3700 now to schedule a consultation in Everett, WA. We want you to live your best life!
It's hard to concentrate or even muster the energy to participate in the activities you usually enjoy when your neck hurts. Although pain relievers may make your symptoms easier to tolerate, medications often cause unwanted side effects. Chiropractic treatments target the source of your pain, allowing you to reduce or stop pain medication. Our Everett, WA, chiropractor, Dr. Christopher Keezer, provides effective, natural treatments designed to reduce and relieve neck pain.
Determining the cause of your pain
Neck pain has a variety of causes, including:
- The Way You Hold Your Neck: Poor posture when standing or sitting can stress your muscles and the vertebrae in your neck, causing pain. If you use your cell phone to text or surf the web, you may be more likely to experience pain due to the stress placed on your neck when you look down at your digital device.
- Trauma: Vehicular accidents and falls can cause neck pain, particularly if you develop whiplash.
- Spinal Conditions: Neck pain can be caused by arthritis, bulging discs, spinal stenosis, and other conditions that affect the neck and spine.
Finding the source of your pain is the first step in devising an effective chiropractic treatment plan. Your Everett chiropractor will ask you questions about your symptoms, work, lifestyle, and hobbies and review your medical history during your first appointment. He'll also perform an examination and may order diagnostic tests, such as X-rays. This information will help him decide which chiropractic treatments will be most effective in treating the source of your neck pain.
Treating neck pain
Spinal manipulation may be part of your treatment plan if you have neck pain. Manipulation involves using gentle, manual pressure to correct alignment issues in the vertebrae of your neck and spine. Misalignments can stress muscles and irritate nerves, causing or worsening pain. In addition to reducing pain, manipulations also increase the range of motion and promote healing.
Your chiropractor may recommend other helpful treatments, such as massage to relax tight muscles and improve blood flow. TRACTION and Cold Laser Therapy can help reduce pain, improve circulation, and speed healing.
Relieve your neck pain with chiropractic treatment. Call our Everett, WA, chiropractor, Dr. Keezer, at (425) 259-3700 to schedule your appointment.
A rear end car crash totaled your SUV. You walked away and felt fine for about a day. Then, severe symptoms began--neck pain, stiffness, and more. This could be a neck injury called whiplash. At the Back Pain Relief Center in Everett, WA, Dr. Christopher Keezer uncovers and treats whiplash and other conditions of the spine related to motor vehicle accidents and other traumatic events. He'll help heal your injury and return you to normal function.
What is whiplash?
It's an injury involving the cervical spine (neck area) and its related muscles, tendons, intervertebral discs, and soft tissues of the neck. Whiplash occurs with a sudden and severe impact from behind as in a rear end motor vehicle accident, fall, hard contact during sporting activities or other blow to the back of the head or neck.
Surprisingly, the symptoms of this very common spinal injury may remain hidden for 24 hours or more post-event. However, when signs do show up, they can be quite severe, frightening and debilitating. That's why as a crash dynamic expert, Dr. Keezer advises a chiropractic examination after any incident involving sudden impact.
Symptoms of a whiplash injury include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Neck, shoulder, jaw, and back pain
- Neck stiffness
- Limited range of motion in the affected areas
Treatment of whiplash in Everett
When you come to the Back Pain Relief Center, Dr. Keezer will do a complete chiropractic examination and take digital X-rays to determine the kind and extent of your injury. The goals of individualized whiplash treatment are the elimination of pain and return to normal function and range of motion.
To accomplish these goals, Dr. Keezer uses a variety of treatment modalities, including:
- Chiropractic adjustments to correct misalignments (subluxations)
- Massage therapy to relax muscles and increase blood flow
- Physical therapy
- Ice or Heat therapy
- Cold Laser Therapy
After a neck injury such as whiplash, you can live well again. While your symptoms may not resolve quickly, you can experience significant relief and a good long-term outlook. For a neck pain consultation with Dr. Keezer in Everett, WA, call The Back Pain Relief Center at (425) 259-3700.