Whiplash occurs when there is a forceful, rapid movement of the head and neck, similar to the way a whip cracks. This is a painful injury that can cause symptoms that can affect your vision and behavior. Fortunately, our team at Dunn Chiropractic in Akron can treat this condition.
Common Causes of Whiplash Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash. It can also be caused during a physical assault and as a result of a contact sports injury, such as football or hockey.
The Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash can cause a variety of symptoms. For some people, the symptoms may occur immediately after the injury. In other cases, it can take days for the symptoms to appear. They include:
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness
- Reduced range of motion in the neck
- Headaches that begin at the base of the skull
- Pain in the shoulders, arms, and upper back
- Numbness and tingling in the arms
- Blurry vision
- Memory issues
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble sleeping
- Ringing in the ears
Whiplash can be diagnosed with a thorough examination. First, one of our chiropractors will want to know the details of your accident and the symptoms you are experiencing. Next, we will perform a physical exam. We will have you perform a few tasks to test for the injury. These tests will examine:
- The degree of motion that causes you the most pain
- The range of motion in your neck and shoulders
- The reflexes and strength in your limbs
- Areas of tenderness in your shoulders, neck, and back
Our doctor may need an x-ray, CT scan, or an MRI to check for broken bones, spinal cord damage, disc damage, or ligament damage.
Treatment for Whiplash
Some doctors may prescribe muscle relaxers and pain relievers. They may also have you wear a neck brace. However, these treatments only provide temporary relief. If you are looking for a long-term solution, schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors.
We can perform spinal manipulations, which will realign the joints in your neck. We can also use muscle stimulation devices to loosen your tight muscles. Our chiropractors may also use trigger point therapy to restore your joint motion. We will create a treatment plan based on the severity of your condition. After your first visit, you should start feeling some relief.
Get Whiplash Treatment in Akron, OH
If you have been in an accident and are suffering from whiplash, schedule an appointment at Dunn Chiropractic in Akron, OH. We will create a treatment plan that is designed to provide pain relief and encourage the recovery process. Call us today at (330) 733-1203 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dunn or Dr. Kaisk.