Treat Whiplash in Chula Vista, CA
What is whiplash?
Whiplash, also known as a hyperextension-hyperflexion injury, is an injury to the neck that is caused by a sudden, sometimes forceful, movement of the head backward, forward or sideways causing your neck to go beyond its normal range of movement. It is the snapping motion of whiplash that can damage the muscles, nerves and bones in the neck. As well as stretched or torn ligaments, vertebrae may also be forced from their normal positions. All these whiplash injuries result in limited and often painful range of movement.
What causes whiplash?
A major cause of whiplash is an automobile accident, but whiplash can also occur from sports and workplace activities. It may be a surprise to learn that whiplash can occur in very low impact accidents as well, even car accidents at speeds as low as 15 mph can result in whiplash.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Whiplash symptoms are varied, but some common symptoms include:
- Neck pain or stiffness
- Pain or stiffness in lower back
- Muscle tension between shoulders
- Joint pain or muscle spasms
- Loss of sleep
- Head feels heavy
Because whiplash symptoms vary and may not be felt immediately, it is always a good idea to consult your chiropractor immediately following your auto accident.
Should I see a chiropractor after I've been injured in a car accident?
The aches and pains you feel after an auto accident are an indication that you have suffered some damage. Left untreated, these injuries may be the source of future pain, arthritis and other chronic conditions. More importantly, because symptoms may not appear for a few days after the car accident occurred, it is imperative that you contact your chiropractor immediately for an appointment and you may want to seek a qualified personal injury attorney to ensure that you do not settle your case too quickly.
How is whiplash treated?
Your Chula Vista chiropractor will develop a treatment plan customized to your specific injuries. Your treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, ultrasound and muscle stimulation, physiotherapy and stretching and strengthening exercises.
Most importantly, your chiropractor will thoroughly examine you, carefully review your health history, collect pertinent details of your car accident, and order any necessary diagnostic tests in order to tailor your specific treatment plan. Your recovery plan will be clinically supported, monitored and adjusted if necessary; all to best ensure your return to a healthy active life!
Because the moment you are in an auto accident can be stressful, below are some helpful tips about what you should do immediately following a car accident:
To best protect yourself physically and financially:
Contact your local police and file an auto accident report. Seek the proper medical treatment. If the injuries necessitate, call an ambulance or visit the emergency room.
Because many injuries are not felt immediately, it is imperative to contact a qualified auto injury treatment provide such as (Dr. Wachs, DC, QME, IME, CCSP in Chula Vista) for a full auto injury assessment.
While at the scene of the car accident, don’t forget to collect important contact information from all people involved (names, phone numbers, addresses and insurance carrier information).
If anyone has stopped at the scene as a witness to your car accident, collect their contact information as well.
Because auto accident victims often sign off on their case with the insurance company in haste, seeking a qualified (GEOGRAPHICAL AREA) personal injury attorney can often result in better recovery of medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering allowances as well allowances for possible future treatment needs.
We welcome your call for an immediate appointment for an auto-injury assessment and treatment plan and can recommend experienced personal injury attorneys if you are in need.
Dr. Wachs has been treating auto accident injuries on lien in the South Bay Area for over 20 years and works with many personal injury attorneys from throughout Southern California. If you have been injured in an auto accident, please call today.
For more information on Whiplash , call Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA at (619) 427-4747 !