Whiplash is a neck injury associated with auto accidents and other types of trauma. Experts estimate that over one million people sustain whiplash injuries annually following a car accident. If you'd like to know more about whiplash, read on. The chiropractic professionals at Acosta Chiropractic Inc. have compiled the answers to several questions they frequently receive regarding whiplash.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a type of neck injury that occurs when the head is suddenly and forcefully moved backward and forward, causing the neck muscles and ligaments to stretch beyond their normal range of motion. This can cause neck pain and stiffness as well as headaches.
What Are the Common Symptoms of Whiplash?
The most common symptom of whiplash is neck pain. Other symptoms may include:
- Shoulder pain or stiffness
- Arm pain or numbness
- Tingling or numbness
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to see a chiropractor immediately. Our chiropractor will assess your symptoms and create a treatment plan that is specific to your needs.
How Is Whiplash Diagnosed?
Whiplash is typically diagnosed with a physical examination and medical history. Our chiropractor will ask you about your symptoms and how the injury occurred. They may also order imaging tests, such as X-rays, to rule out other causes of your symptoms.
How Is Whiplash Treated?
The goal of treatment is to relieve the pain associated with whiplash and restore normal function. Treatment may include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Massage therapy
- Ice or heat therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Electrical stimulation
Our chiropractor will create a treatment plan that is specific to your needs. If you are experiencing symptoms of whiplash, contact our office today to schedule an appointment. Our team of experts will work with you to find relief.
What Are the Risks of Leaving Whiplash Untreated?
If left untreated, whiplash can lead to chronic head and neck pain, disability, vertigo, and neck stiffness. Other medical complications of untreated whiplash include a misaligned spine, Temporo-Mandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), and herniated discs.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Chiropractor for Whiplash Treatment in Riverside, CA
If you are experiencing symptoms of whiplash, contact our Riverside, CA office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Acosta. Dr. Acosta is a Board Certified Riverside, CA Chiropractor. He has extensive training in the treatment of whiplash and other neck injuries. Don’t suffer from the pain of whiplash any longer. Call us today at (951) 354-6294 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor.