Whiplash refers to a collection of injuries and symptoms that occur when your neck is strained beyond its capacity. The injuries occur when the head is whipped back and forth at a high speed. The movement happens so suddenly and violently that your body cannot react naturally to protect you. Whiplash is most often associated with auto accidents during which a vehicle comes to a sudden halt and the momentum of the stop throws your head around.
The sharp rapid upward motion of the head hyperextends the neck, while the equally forceful downward movement hyperflexes it. Your delicate cervical spine simply can’t withstand these forces, so the vertebrae get thrown out of their proper alignment. These misaligned vertebrae then bulge and cause pressure on cervical nerve roots, while muscles and connective tissues end up stretched or torn.
Whiplash symptoms may appear right away or take a few days to appear. These include:
If you’ve experienced an auto accident or other whiplash-causing incidents, consult with Dr. McCary right away. He takes note of the details of the accident/incident, considers your symptoms, and examines your cervical spine.
Once he identifies the sources of your pain, he develops a custom treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms and heal your whiplash. He uses gentle spinal adjustments to restore the normal alignment of the cervical vertebrae. This allows your joints to function correctly and helps relieve nerve compression.
He may also recommend you take advantage of the other soft-tissue therapies, including massage, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, and Kinesio taping to alleviate your whiplash pain. By incorporating multiple healing modalities into your program, you can heal and feel better faster — without the administration of potentially risky and debilitating drug therapies.
Most cases of whiplash heal in just a few days when you receive the right care, but severe cases may take several weeks, or even months, to resolve.
At Laurelhurst Chiropractic, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
At this moment in time, we do not accept Medicare or Medicaid. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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