Whiplash Treatment Gaithersburg & Riverdale, MD
Personalized, Comprehensive Treatment
Whiplash is not always thought of as a serious injury, but it can be highly disruptive to your daily life and cause ongoing complications if it is not treated appropriately. This injury is most commonly seen following car accidents, and it involves strain of the muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues in the neck. Any activity in which the head is jerked quickly forward or backward can cause whiplash, though the effects of the injury may not be immediately noticeable. If you suspect that youâve experienced whiplash after an auto accident in Gaithersburg or Riverdale, Life Chiropractic Clinic can get you back to your routine without the pain and soreness of this common injury.
How Whiplash Occurs
When the head is thrown forward or backward, the tendons, ligaments, and muscle tissues in the neck can become overstretched or even torn. This trauma to the soft tissues can cause worsening inflammation that triggers several symptoms that will be difficult to ignore.
Signs of Whiplash
Because of the initial shock of a car accident or other sudden injury, you might not immediately notice any whiplash symptoms. As the adrenaline fades, however, you may notice several signs that an injury to the neck has occurred. The following symptoms may be present consistently or come and go in waves after you have experienced physical trauma leading to whiplash.
- Pain and tightness in the neck
- Headaches or migraines
- Difficulty rotating the head and looking over the shoulders
- Tenderness in the neck
- Reduced range of motion
- Pain or tingling in the upper extremities
Though it will take time for the body to fully heal, you should not wait to seek care for a suspected whiplash injury. In some cases, the damage may be worse than you suspected based on initial symptoms. In addition, you may find more immediate pain relief when chiropractic adjustments and massage are utilized sooner after damage takes place. Working with a skilled chiropractor for your whiplash treatment can also provide you with thorough documentation of your injuries should a personal injury claim become necessary later on. When you visit Life Chiropractic Clinic for whiplash treatment, our chiropractor will use a combination of spinal manipulation, physical therapy, decompression, and rehabilitation to restore the range of motion and reduce pain in your neck.
By seeking chiropractic care for your injuries, you can expect a more personalized, comprehensive approach to your care along with ongoing management of your case. To learn more about what chiropractic care can do to treat whiplash, call Life Chiropractic Clinic to schedule your first appointment and office tour.