When a person suffers a whiplash injury, it is typically caused by his or her neck bending violently in one direction and then suddenly in another as a result of a car accident or sports injury. The injury involves the vertebrae, spinal discs, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves of the neck. Whiplash injuries can be painful. Brushing your teeth, slipping a pullover on, or just turning your head from side to side can cause severe pain. At Signature Health Clinic here in Portland, OR, our chiropractor routinely treats and cares for patients who have suffered whiplash injuries.
Pain in the neck and upper back along with muscle spasms are the most common symptoms of a whiplash injury. Many patients at our chiropractic clinic report headaches that seem to originate at the bottom of the skull. Others have pain traveling from the neck across to a shoulder, down an arm, and into a hand. Symptoms might be felt immediately after the impact, or they might build up over a few days.
Contact Us as Soon as You Feel the Symptoms
If ignored and left untreated, there is a likelihood that your whiplash symptoms will become worse. That makes them more painful and difficult to treat. The sooner that you begin treatment with us for your whiplash symptoms, the sooner we can begin working on eliminating your pain and restoring your range of motion.
Chiropractic Care and Treatment of Whiplash Injuries
Our chiropractor uses a combination of therapies to treat whiplash. We may use slow and gentle stretches to the affected muscles along with manual trigger point therapy to relax your tense muscles. Relaxed muscles make gentle adjustments of displaced spinal vertebrae easier. That works to take the pressure off of the inflamed nerve roots. Once the whiplash pain has subsided and your range of motion has returned, McKenzie exercises will be prescribed. You will start them here at our clinic, but you will eventually perform them at home. Strong muscles and tissues help keep the structure of your spine in place.
Whiplash Injury Treatment in Portland, OR
Remember that the sooner you see our team at Signature Health Clinic for your auto accident injuries, the sooner we can begin eliminating your pain and discomfort. Chiropractic care is very effective at treating whiplash injuries without having to rely on pain medication or surgery. Call us today at (503) 292-0781 for an examination. We will isolate the source of your symptoms and discuss a treatment plan.