Every year, approximately two million Americans experience whiplash, a painful condition that causes headaches, neck pain, and general musculoskeletal discomfort. If you or a loved one suffers an automobile accident injury, it’s important to seek help from a qualified chiropractor as soon as possible. At Mountain View Chiropractic in Rapid City, South Dakota, Josh Biberdorf, DC, regularly works with patients to treat and relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of whiplash. To make your appointment, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Whiplash, or a neck sprain, is a common injury that occurs as a result of your head snapping back-and-forth at a rapid rate of speed. Typically, whiplash occurs as the result of being rear-ended in an automobile accident, but people who play contact sports like rugby, football, and hockey are also at risk. The rapid motion caused by whiplash can damage your vertebral discs, ligaments, and muscles.
Whiplash is unlike other musculoskeletal injuries in that it doesn’t always present symptoms right away. Many times, people don’t start feeling bad until 24-48 hours after the initial impact or accident. Telltale signs of whiplash include:
If you’re suffering from whiplash, you might also experience sleep disturbances, increased irritability, and general fatigue.
To diagnose whiplash, Dr. Biberdorf at Mountain View Chiropractic reviews your medical history, performs a physical exam, and asks you questions about your symptoms. He also examines your neck, shoulders, and the alignment of your spine.
Because whiplash is the result of a soft-tissue injury, diagnostic imaging procedures like X-ray won’t provide insight into your condition. However, if necessary, he might order a computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Whiplash affects every patient differently, so treatment varies from person to person. However, Dr. Biberdorf generally recommends a combination of chiropractic adjustments using the Activator MethodⓇ, various at-home exercises, and ergonomic changes to limit pain and promote healing.
Whiplash tends to develop over time, so you typically need more than one chiropractic adjustment. There’s nothing to worry about, though, because Dr. Biberdorf uses noninvasive, pain-free techniques. Following your initial adjustment, Dr. Biberdorf walks you through a series of easy stretches designed to increase circulation, relieve inflammation, and prevent pain.
He might also recommend taking a nutritional supplement like vitamin D or calcium to promote bone strength and healthy vertebrae. Dr. Biberdorf might also recommend eating a more balanced diet or participating in stress reduction activities like yoga or meditation. If these treatments don’t provide significant relief, and you require further treatment, Dr. Biberdorf can refer you to a physical therapist or orthopedic specialist in the area.
If your neck is hurting following an automobile accident, chiropractic treatment may be able to help. Make an appointment at Mountain View Chiropractic by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.