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Could whiplash be the cause of your neck pain? Although whiplash often occurs after vehicular accidents, you can develop the condition even if you haven't been in a car crash. Edmonton chiropractors Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic offer several treatments that can help relieve your neck pain.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when your neck is forced forward then backward unexpectedly or from side to side. The quick movement can damage muscles, tendons, ligaments, vertebrae and discs in your neck, causing mild to excruciating pain, depending on the severity of your injury. Any sudden blow to your body or head can cause the condition. You may notice whiplash symptoms after:
- Forceful contact with another player or the ground when playing sports,
- A bumpy ride on a rollercoaster
- A fall when snowboarding or skiing
Even seemingly minor falls or accidents can cause whiplash. It's more likely to occur after a vehicular accident if your car or truck is struck from behind, no matter what how fast you're traveling at the time.
What are common whiplash symptoms?
Pain, the most obvious symptom of whiplash, may vary in intensity. You may notice slight pain when you turn your head or may be in such severe pain that it's not even possible to turn your head one inch. Pain may extend to your shoulders, upper back, arms and hands.
You may also experience other symptoms, such as:
- Muscle spasms
- Decreased range of motion
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Fatigue and insomnia
- Depression or irritability
How can a visit to my Edmonton chiropractor help me?
Your chiropractor offers a variety of treatments that can relieve your pain, promote healing and improve your ability to move your neck. They may use spinal manipulation to correct the alignment of your vertebrae, recommend massage therapy to loosen tight muscles, or utilize instrument-assisted adjustments. Your chiropractor may also recommend exercises that stretch and strengthen the muscles in your neck.
Chiropractic treatment can help speed your recovery from whiplash! Call Edmonton chiropractors Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic at (780) 457-3621 to schedule your appointment.
When pain and discomfort becomes a problem, some people think that they must default to medication or invasive surgeries. A chiropractor may be the better option for a number of reasons. Learn how seeing a chiropractor at Castledowns Chiropractic in Edmonton, on a regular basis could help you with a variety of symptoms you may be experiencing.
General Pain Relief
Chiropractors are most concerned with helping you to relieve the pain that’s making it difficult for you to walk, work, or exercise regularly. Common pain sufferers include athletes, construction workers, truckers, waiters, and others who spend a lot of time on their feet, lifting or straining. Chiropractic patients often struggle with back and spinal pain, neck and arm pain, arthritis, and headaches. If you’re dealing with any of these issues, a chiropractor can help. We have two massage therapists on staff as well.
Rehabilitation After Accident or Surgery
After an accident or personal injury of any kind, patients often call on a chiropractor to be rehabilitated so that they can return to normal activities. Also, if you’ve just had major surgery, part of your recovery should be to visit a chiropractor for help. Instrument-assisted adjustments, stretches and rehabilitative exercises, and similar treatments are available. Some patients need help with stress management and lifestyle counseling, which are also offered at Castledowns Chiropractic in Edmonton.
You May Avoid Invasive Treatment Options
Patients generally go to see a chiropractic doctor when they want to avoid invasive procedures. For instance, instead of having back surgery, regular chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral restrictions and misalignments may help the healing process. Using ice and heat therapy can reduce inflammation and ease pain over time. Some patients have pain symptoms because they are carrying too much weight—a program called Ideal Protein can help with weight loss. Modern treatments like electrotherapy is also a chiropractic care option. We also have a physiotherapist on staff who offers ultrasound, as well as shockwave and other treatments.
Get Chiropractic Care
When you need help, it’s important to explore all of your options. Find out how a chiropractor could help you with the medical concern you’re currently experiencing. Call the office of Castledowns Chiropractic in Edmonton, AB, at (780) 457-3621 for an appointment with Dr. Christopher Oviatt or Dr. Michelle Martinook.