If you have been in a car accident and are experiencing neck pain and headaches, you may have whiplash. Our auto accident chiropractor in Sacramento can diagnose and treat your whiplash injury.
Causes and Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash is a severe neck injury that occurs any time the head is whipped back and forth forcefully. It usually occurs during car accidents where the driver is rear-ended, but it can also occur due to extremely hard falls and being tackled during a sports activity.
When your head is forcefully jerked back and forth past its normal range of motion, the ligaments, tendons and muscles are stretched, and the cervical vertebrae are misaligned. Whiplash does not tend to cause immediate symptoms. Instead, they tend to slowly appear 24 to 72 hours after the accident. Whiplash often results in neck and upper back pain, shoulder pain, tingling down one of both arms, headaches and neck stiffness. Individuals may also experience sensitivity to light and sound.
Reasons to Get Timely Treatment from our Whiplash Chiropractor Sacramento
Our whiplash chiropractor Sacramento recommends getting timely treatment if you think you have a whiplash injury. This is because symptoms tend to get worse with time instead of better, and most cases of whiplash need prompt medical treatment that includes natural ways to reduce inflammation and correct misalignments in the neck as well as a course of exercises to strengthen the neck muscles. Without these treatments, a whiplash injury may result in chronic pain.
Initial Whiplash Treatments
While you are waiting for your appointment with our Sacramento chiropractor, there are things you can do at home to help with your symptoms. As soon as you realize you have a neck injury or shortly after your car accident, apply ice to your neck for 15 minutes. You can repeat this process every three to four hours for the first 24 to 72 hours after your injury to help reduce inflammation. After the first 72 hours, the effects of ice are reduced and you should switch to warm compresses until you can see our chiropractor for a more comprehensive treatment program.
Whiplash Treatments Offered by Dr. Gibson
Our Sacramento chiropractor offers comprehensive whiplash treatments, including chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy to help heal your injury and reduce your neck pain and stiffness. Chiropractic adjustments help realign the cervical vertebrae so that they are able to support your head. These adjustments also maximize the ranges of motion of the vertebrae and help lower inflammation.
Injured muscles lose strength, and when your neck muscles are injured, they cannot properly support and move your head and neck. Physical therapy is used to help strengthen the muscles in the neck with targeted exercises and stretches that can be performed both in our office and at-home, which will give you a better chance at making a full recovery.
To schedule an appointment with our auto accident chiropractor in Sacramento for your neck pain and stiffness, call us at 916-943-4250.