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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.
Your Edmonton chiropractor offers up the best ways to prevent whiplash from happening to you or a loved one.
Whiplash is a traumatic injury to the neck that occurs after a car accident. The most common car accident is a rear impact and this usually means that the person sitting in the back of the car is at the greatest risk for developing whiplash; however, whiplash can happen to anyone during a car collision.
Whiplash can manifest itself differently in people. It may cause a herniated disc or joint dysfunction. Some whiplash injuries can produce chronic pain or even affect a person’s concentration and other mental functions. Find out the best ways to prevent whiplash from happening to you.
The Most Effective Way to Prevent Whiplash
Actually, the best thing you can do to prevent whiplash from happening is to look for a car that offers a top-rated head restraint. Most cars boast other forms of protection (e.g. airbags) for side or front impact, but an adjustable and strong head restraint will be the best way to protect you and your family from whiplash in the event of a rear-end accident.
Adjust Your Head Restraint
Besides having a top-rated head restraint, you’ll also want to adjust it appropriately to offer the maximum protection. We highly recommend having someone else adjust your head restraint while you sit in the seat. However, if you want to adjust your head restraint yourself, here is the proper way to do it:
- Position your seat at an incline below a 20-degree angle. By only being minimally inclined while in the car, it will keep you in your seat should you experience a rear-impact.
- Another thing to look at is the top of the head restraint. It should be sitting either at or above the top of your head.
- You want to make sure that your head restraint is close enough to your head to actually prevent whiplash. Having a head restraint that’s too far away means that your neck has more of a chance of jerking around before being cushioned. A good rule of thumb is to have your head restraint about two inches behind your head.
Again, while being able to adjust your own head restraint is one great way to prevent whiplash injuries should you get into an accident, the number one way to protect against neck problems during collision is to purchase a car that offers optimal and highly rated head restraints.
However, should you experience neck pain or problems after a car accident, your chiropractor in Edmonton, CA offers a variety of services to reduce your symptoms and improve your condition. For those who can’t find relief from pain medications and neck braces, contact your Edmonton, chiropractor at Castledowns Chiropractic today.