Whiplash is neck pain caused by a sudden snapping of the head back and forth. It most commonly happens in car accidents, but can also happen from sports and workplace injuries. At Eat Park Chiropractic, we have been sharing the benefits of chiropractic care with residents of Long Beach, NY for many years. Many of our patients visit us for the first time looking for whiplash treatment.
Symptoms may not appear right away. They can take hours, days, or even weeks to appear. Symptoms include neck pain that worsens when you move your neck, stiffness, dizziness, headaches, strange tingling sensations in the arms or legs and being far more tired than usual. More serious symptoms include hearing problems, blurry vision, depression, memory problems, sleep problems, and irritability.
Does Whiplash Go Away on Its Own?
Sometimes whiplash does go away on its own after a few weeks. However, for many people, whiplash does not go away or gets worse. People most prone to getting complications are older people, people who suffered whiplash before, and people with pre-existing back or neck problems.
It’s important to get X-rays as soon as possible after a bad accident or injury to make sure there aren’t any broken bones. Your doctor or chiropractor will give you a physical examination to see how well you can move. You will also get other tests depending on what symptoms you have.
Treating Whiplash with Chiropractic Care
Our chiropractor takes a multifaceted approach to whiplash treatment. Your posture will be examined and exercises will be recommended to promote recovery. Your diet will be scrutinized to see where it can be improved with foods and supplements to reduce inflammation and help your body heal. By restoring your body’s natural alignment, our chiropractor will relieve your pain, restore your mobility, and reduce the likelihood of your neck pain returning in the future.
Alternative Whiplash Treatments
Massage therapy can help your muscles relax and improve your body’s circulation. Acupuncture can help reduce pain and improve the quality of your life. Since moving your neck is painful, it’s tempting to keep it in a neck brace or foam collar all of the time. Unfortunately, after a few days, the neck muscles become weak. Healing can slow down when you use a neck brace for too long. Talk to your doctor or chiropractor about how long to use a neck brace or foam collar.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Chiropractor for Neck Pain Treatment in Long Beach, NY
Call East Park Chiropractic today at (516) 431-7972 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor.