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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.
Contact us today!
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!
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.
Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when there is a quick, forceful jerking of the neck. While most of the time it is associated with an auto accident, it can be caused by a sports injury or trauma in general. Whiplash can be successfully treated by Dr. Christopher Keezer in Everett, WA. At a thorough examination, Dr. Keezer can determine the proper course of action for lessening inflammation and/or pain for his patients.
More About Whiplash
Whiplash patients typically feel stiffness and pain in the neck. They also may have a lingering headache. They may notice that they cannot move their neck as far as they used to before the accident or injury. Moving the neck at all can lead to more pain. Numbness or tingling in the arm and pain and tenderness in the shoulders or arms may also occur. If you’re experiencing any or all of these things, it’s time to seek chiropractic care from Dr. Keezer for your whiplash in Everett ASAP.
Typically, whiplash can go away on its own after a few months, chiropractic treatment, however, can help promote faster healing and recovery. The goal is to manage the pain and stiffness and to improve mobility. Common techniques used by Dr. Keezer include muscle relaxation, physical therapy, spinal manipulation and lifestyle changes. With spinal manipulation, pressure and force are applied to parts of the spine to reduce dysfunction and to improve blood flow. Muscle relaxation involves stretching exercises that help reduce tension.
Dr. Keezer prides himself on treating each patient's pain with an individual treatment plan. Each patient's medical history and existing structure will determine the proper course of action for their injury. In order to learn more about treating your whiplash in Everett, WA, contact Dr. Keezer’s chiropractic office today by calling 425-259-3700.