Whiplash is an injury associated with trauma to the neck or head, injury in a vehicle accident, a fall, or sports-related accident. What can help you make a speedy recovery? Ice is a great way to reduce the swelling or inflammation that commonly occurs with such an injury. It helps the area feel better too. There are other ways to help ensure a full recovery from whiplash and some of the effects that may develop as a result.
Injuries such as the ones mentioned above can cause the upper cervical vertebrae to come out of alignment. To evaluate and treat this, an upper cervical chiropractor can be of invaluable assistance. Why is this type of correction important?
The misaligned vertebrae in the uppermost region of the neck can cause a host of issues over time. For example, even a vertebra that is a quarter of a millimeter off can lead to symptoms. Vertigo is a good example of what could result from this type of injury and misalignment. The normal function of the different systems that convene here—like the vestibular system that controls balance—can be impeded and cause something like vertigo to manifest. An estimated 50% of those suffering from whiplash experience vertigo.
Upper Cervical Care for Whiplash and Vertigo
The good news is that with upper cervical chiropractic care, whiplash and the symptoms associated with it can be corrected, even eliminated. It is advised that this type of care be sought out as soon as possible for optimal results. Evaluations for misalignments include taking measurements to ensure accurate realignment. Very gentle adjusting is then performed by the upper cervical chiropractor. With the vertebrae in proper place, the systems housed in that area are free to perform their duties unhindered.
Caring for a whiplash injury is important. Ice the area to help relieve immediate swelling and pain, then remember to have your spinal health evaluated to prevent further injury or long time effects.
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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at http://www.bayareanuccacare.com/