Whiplash is a common reason for chronic or disabling neck pain and limited neck mobility. You can avoid these and other potential complications with prompt whiplash treatment at Life Chiropractic.
All treatments provided by our Victorville, CA, chiropractor are non-surgical and medication-free. Instead, we utilize safe non-invasive techniques that help the body heal on its own.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash injury is a serious neck strain. The injury occurs from overstretching or tearing of the muscles, tendons, or ligaments surrounding the cervical (neck) spine. In some cases, a vertebra may shift out of alignment or a disc may herniate ("slipped" disc). The underlying injuries can result in permanent damage or a need for surgery to restore function if you fail to seek early treatment.
A rear-end auto collision is one of the most common causes of whiplash. The sudden impact causes the head and neck to extend past the normal range of motion, resulting in overstretching or tearing of the connective tissue. Whiplash is also seen in athletes who play contact sports such as football or boxing. A violent blow to the head from physical abuse, a cycling accident, or a fall are other causes.
Symptoms do not always show up right away, which is why your Victorville chiropractor encourages you to seek immediate whiplash treatment. Telltale symptoms include sudden sharp pain, pain lasting for weeks or months, and neck stiffness. Other symptoms are:
- Neck instability
- Loss of range of neck motion
- Pain radiates to the shoulder, upper back, or arm
- Headaches that begin at the base of the skull
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness from a pinched cervical nerve
- Anxiety, trouble sleeping, or other psychological symptoms of trauma
Whiplash Treatment Chiropractor in Victorville, CA
We will assess your symptoms and discuss any recent accident, head, or neck injury you sustained. Your diagnostic evaluation may also include a spinal x-ray, CT scan, or MRI to screen for non-apparent injuries. Once we determine the extent of your injury, we can personalize a whiplash treatment or sports injury treatment plan to improve your symptoms.
Dr. Boehmer may manually adjust your spine to address the primary dysfunction responsible for your symptoms. Adjustments realign dislocated vertebrae and free the pinched nerve. We may prescribe non-surgical spinal decompression to move a "slipped" disc back between the backbones. Adjustments and decompression therapy naturally relieve neck pain, stiffness, nerve compression symptoms, and restore overall neck function.
Your chiropractic care plan may also feature moist heat therapy, electronic muscle stimulation (EMS), and therapeutic exercises to relieve muscle pain, increase flexibility, and strengthen the joints.
Call Life Chiropractic Today!
Whiplash injuries are not always visible. Getting treated at Life Chiropractic, in Victorville, CA, is a safe and natural way to address underlying injuries and prevent potential problems. Call (760) 241-2000 to schedule an appointment.