Dealing With Whiplash
Chiropractic treatment for whiplash injuries in Eugene OR is a great option for managing the types of injuries. It is estimated that around 3 million Americans sustain whiplash injuries each year and more and more are turning to chiropractic care due to its comprehensive approach and effectiveness.
Whiplash treatment needs to address not only the acute symptoms but also needs focus on optimizing spinal and muscular function to facilitate healthy healing patterns and prevent chronic residuals. Unfortunately, around 1.5 million Americans suffer chronic pain from whiplash injuries and much of this can be reduced with appropriate care. Additionally, about 300,000 Americans become disabled due to the pain of whiplash.
Your neck is composed of 7 bones called vertebrae which are separated by a disc in-between for cushioning. Your neck is inherently mobile and relies on the muscle and ligamentous for support and stabilization.
“Whiplash” is a term used to describe what happens to the muscles, ligaments, discs and nerves in our neck when they become over stretched beyond their normal capacity, due to a sudden and often unexpended force that stretches our tissues beyond their normal capacity.
Mal-positioned headrest, poor road conditions, having your head rotated at the time of impact, being unaware of an impending collision, age, previous injury of the neck.
Headache, neck pain, jaw pain, shoulder pain, low back pain, pain in your arm or hand, numbness or tingling in arms/ legs, ringing in ears, blurred vision, dizziness, concentration or memory problems, irritability, sleeplessness, depression.
Our team of Eugene chiropractors is expertly trained in diagnosing and treating whiplash injury disorders. During the initial visit, our chiropractors will perform a thorough examination and history, which may include X-rays if indicated.
We will give you a report of findings explaining your diagnosis and options for care. Treatment commonly consists of chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, rehabilitation and strengthening exercises, and laser therapy.
More than half of those who have experienced a whiplash injury will experience pain over a year after their auto accident. Much of this can be prevented with proper treatment. It is important to have a healthcare professional evaluate your injuries even if your pain symptoms are minimal.
Our Eugene chiropractors are expertly trained in diagnosing and treating whiplash-related disorders. The primary focus when treating whiplash is to reduce pain & spasm while integrating rehabilitation exercises to promote proper healing and resiliency long term.
The duration of a whiplash injury is variable from person to person and depends on a variety of factors such as the severity of the accident, age, body size, type of vehicles involved, the direction your head was at the moment of impact, prior injuries to the area, etc. The recovery period can last from several weeks to several months with most resolving within 3 months.
Even if your symptoms are mild in nature, you should still have your whiplash injury evaluated by a professional. Some possible long-term effects of an untreated whiplash injury are neck and upper back pain, lower back pain, reduced range of motion, altered spinal curvature, degenerative arthritis, and a decreased ability to partake in the activities you love.