When you think of whiplash, you usually imagine someone in a car accident being hit from behind. It only takes a hit of 5 mph to cause whiplash to occur. Some people can run faster than that. This shows that whiplash can occur more often than most people realize. When the head moves in a motion like a whip moving back and forth, it can cause muscles to tear, ligaments to become damaged, and other tissues of the neck to be negatively affected. When you endure whiplash, you often miss work days to recover, leading to a loss of productivity, emotional repercussions, and, if not cared for properly, long-term disability.
Is It Really Whiplash?
There is no way to test for whiplash. It is diagnosed based on symptoms. This can make care difficult as most of the time the diagnosis is just an educated guess. Once you have endured whiplash, you may notice symptoms that were not present before the accident, including:
- Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
- Headaches or migraines
Caring for Whiplash
Typical care for whiplash starts with icing the injury and using NSAIDs to reduce inflammation and pain. While this helps at first, it is not a long-term fix. In order to find that, a good place to start is by visiting us here in our Redwood City, California office. We will examine your neck to find the extent of the damage. Usually, it involves the top two bones of the neck, the C1 and C2 vertebrae. If they misalign, the structure of the neck is compromised and the ability of the brain to communicate with the body can be hindered. This impacts the nervous system and can cause a number of serious health problems down the road.
To correct the problem in the neck, we use a gentle method based on scientific measurements and precise adjustments to specific areas of the neck. We do not have to pop or crack the neck to get the results we want. We encourage the bones of the neck to move back into place naturally, leading to a happier and healthier person overall.
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