Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when the neck is forcefully moved back and forth. While it's a common car accident injury, it can also be caused by falls, sports injuries, and other factors. Serving Seattle and Everett, WA, Cornerstone Chiropractic can provide non-invasive treatment for whiplash and other types of car accident injuries.
Symptoms of Whiplash
While whiplash symptoms typically develop within 24 hours of the injury, some symptoms can take days to appear. Common symptoms include:
- Stiff neck
- Neck pain
- Shoulder and upper back pain
- Muscle fatigue
- Numbness or tingling
These symptoms may become more severe as time goes on and continue for a few weeks. If the injury is not treated, it could create scar tissue, which could lead to long-term pain. That's why it's important to see an auto injury chiropractor if you suspect that you have whiplash.
Other Car Accident Injuries
In addition to whiplash, the force of a car accident can cause many other types of injuries. A chiropractor can treat these injuries alongside whiplash when providing auto injury treatment. Other common injuries include:
- Lower back pain
- Numbness in the arms or legs
- Strained muscles
- Compressed nerves
- Slipped or herniated discs
Like whiplash, these injuries don't always cause immediate symptoms. A chiropractor can detect these injuries and provide you with the treatment you need to heal. With the proper treatment, you should be able to get back to where you were before your accident.
How a Chiropractor Treats Whiplash
Neck injuries like whiplash impact the neck muscles, ligaments, joints, and spine. Chiropractic care is a highly effective treatment for these types of injuries. Not only can a chiropractor relieve pain by reducing inflammation in your neck, but we can help the body heal from the injury.
There is a wide range of treatments used to treat whiplash, including soft tissue therapy and spinal adjustments. A chiropractor can correct any spinal misalignments that are contributing to your pain. In addition, your chiropractor can gently stretch your neck muscles, easing tension and restoring range of motion in the neck.
Make an Appointment with Our Auto Injury Chiropractor
If you need treatment for your auto injury or if you are experiencing whiplash symptoms after another type of injury, you can get high-quality care with Dr. Lichfield at Cornerstone Chiropractic. Call our team today at (425) 381-2165 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.