Rivertown Health and Wellness - Whiplash
Whiplash is a term often used, but in many cases is not well-understood. Some medical professionals don’t even recognize that a whiplash injury can result in chronic headaches, neck pain, vision changes, and other problems. At Rivertown Health and Wellness, your source of chiropractic care in Stillwater, we recognize whiplash can have negative health effects and should be treated promptly.
Whiplash is a neck injury which occurs frequently in auto accidents, but may occur during other activities as well. An assault, such as striking someone in the face, or being tackled or hit during a contact sport can cause whiplash. In all cases, the salient feature is a rapid back-and-forth movement of the head. Since the head can weigh 11 pounds or more and has no support other than the muscles and bones of the neck, this sudden jar can strain or sprain the neck.
Headaches are one of the cardinal signs of a whiplash injury. They typically occur at the base of the skull. Movement often makes the pain worse, and patients may even lose mobility in the neck from the injury or from restricting their own movement because of the pain. Dizziness, tingling and numbness in the arms can also result from whiplash. Any damage the brain receives during the violent trauma that leads to whiplash falls under the purview of the condition. The cranial symptoms that result from whiplash include visual disturbances, changes in hearing, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbances, and mood changes, including depression and anxiety.
While whiplash symptoms may resolve within a few weeks, some people suffer for months or years, especially if their symptoms are subtle. Those who have more severe symptoms usually take longer to recover, as do those who are older or who have had a previous neck injury. A chiropractic treatment like spinal adjustment often helps manage whiplash. Other strategies such as postural analysis and correction or massage can help with related symptoms, such as tense muscles and lack of mobility in the neck and shoulders.
We at Rivertown Health and Wellness, located at 5640 Memorial Avenue North in Stillwater, Minnesota, offer chiropractic care in Stillwater and the surrounding areas. If you are a new patient, ask about our free consultation policy. We treat patients of all ages and our focus is on non-invasive, drug-free therapy, such as whiplash treatment, that can help relieve your pain and restore you to the peak of health.
If you suffer from symptoms of whiplash or other musculoskeletal problems, give us a call at 651-317-3290.