Common Causes of Whiplash

If you are you experiencing pain in your neck and shoulders after a traumatic event such as a car accident or wonky tackle on the field, you may be suffering from the symptoms of whiplash. Learn more about whiplash and its treatment options with Dr. Steven Wachs at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA.Whiplash

What causes whiplash? 
Whiplash is caused by a sudden jolting movement, causing the head to quickly move forward then backward, similar to a whip. One very common cause of whiplash is an auto accident in which a car is rear-ended. The impact from behind causes the back and forth movement which causes whiplash. However, whiplash can also occur due to other events like a sporting collision or any other movement which suddenly forces the head backward and forward.

Whiplash Symptoms
Whiplash’s symptoms usually present themselves within a day or two of the incident, though symptoms may appear immediately. In some cases, there are no symptoms until days or weeks after the incident. The symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Decreased range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches which radiate up the back of the neck to the forehead
  • Tenderness

If you have been in a traumatic event and experience these symptoms, you could be suffering from whiplash. In this case, you should schedule an appointment for an examination with Dr. Wachs. If you have no initial symptoms, seeing your chiropractor immediately after a traumatic event could help prevent further complications.

Treating Whiplash in Chula Vista
Chiropractic uses a hands-on and drug-free approach to treating the musculoskeletal system and it’s connective tissues. Chiropractic care has proven effective in treating whiplash. Your chiropractor will choose a treatment plan specific to you and your injuries. Oftentimes, that plan involves spinal manipulation in conjunction with other therapies. Treatment may include spinal rehabilitation, injury specific therapeutic exercises, neuromuscular re-education; post-injury medical relaxation techniques, massage therapy, hot/cold therapy, and advanced (LLLT) laser therapy. Your doctor can help you choose the best treatment for you.

For more information on whiplash, please contact Dr. Wachs at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA. Call (619) 427-4747 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Wachs today!


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