Whiplash Treatment in Stillwater, MN at Rivertown Chiropractic and Wellness
The team at Rivertown Chiropractic and Wellness has spent the past 20+ years helping people from our community recover from auto accident injuries and other types of pain and dysfunction. Whiplash is one of the more common types of auto accident injury, although this can also occur due to a variety of other acute incidents, as well.
How Whiplash Develops
Let's assume your body is in motion. Perhaps you're playing sports, driving in a car, or simply walking down the street. If your body is suddenly forced to stop and change direction (such as what might occur during a slip and fall or an auto accident), your head may keep moving until the neck stops it. When this happens, your neck will tend to violently whip forward and back. This can trigger a massive inflammatory response in the cervical spine and nearby tissues, leading to tissue damage and trauma.
Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash (And Why They May Not Always Show Up Right Away)
Whiplash often presents with the following signs and symptoms:
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness, especially in certain directions
- Shoulder pain and stiffness
- Arm numbness and tingling
- Jaw pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty sleeping
- Mental fogginess
Interestingly, these symptoms don't always show up right away following the acute incident that caused the whiplash. This is because stress hormones involved in the flight or fight response can hide pain. Normally, these hormones return to their normal resting levels soon after the traumatic event is over, but in some people it may take days, weeks, or even months for this to happen.
This means that you could walk away from a car accident and feel perfectly "fine" without even knowing that there is underlying injury and inflammation.
How Chiropractic Can Provide Whiplash Treatment
Just because you feel "fine" after a personal injury doesn't mean there isn't any underlying inflammation or injury. Whiplash patients often experience long-standing dysfunction if they delay treatment. Dr. Larsen can diagnose whiplash through various physical examination techniques, and then address your symptoms and heal underlying tissues in a variety of ways:
- Electrical muscle stimulation, which blocks pain signals and promotes tissue tension relief
- Chiropractic adjustments, which realign joints throw off by the impact of your trauma and facilitate pain relief
- Lifestyle counseling, including improved sleeping positions to avoid stressing the neck
Our treatments are customized and change as you change. They are never a one-size-fits-all!
On the day of your accident (or as soon as possible thereafter) contact us at (651) 439-2712 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel J. Larsen. Also, you may simply walk right in. We will take good care of you.