An adult human spine typically consists of 26 moveable segments: seven cervical vertebras, twelve thoracic vertebras, five lumbar vertebras, one sacrum, and one coccyx (tailbone). Intervertebral d ...View Article
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Whiplash is a tricky injury to diagnose and treat, but our chiropractor Dr. Scott Duca is especially trained in evaluating and alleviating this painful injury. The reason whiplash relief can be so difficult to achieve is that many people do not realize when they have sustained this injury. The time between the actual a auto accident, a sports injury, or even a personal injury, and the time the symptoms actually appear can last for hours, days or even weeks. This is why Dr. Duca strongly urges anyone who has been in an accident where the head was suddenly whipped out of a normal range of motion to come in for a chiropractic evaluation as soon as possible after the accident, regardless of whether or not they feel any pain. Prompt attention can prevent the injury from worsening and becoming more painful.
When most people think of whiplash relief, they automatically think car accident pain relief. And it is true that the vast majority of slow-speed car accidents do result in whiplash injuries. But any sudden jerk of the head (contact sports, abrupt carnival rides, slip and fall accidents, etc.) can cause whiplash. It is a musculoskeletal injury of the most vulnerable part of the spine and it usually involves several factors that require intensive treatment.
When this injury occurs, the vertebrae grate and jostle unnaturally against each other, which inevitably causes misalignments that lead to pinched nerves. In addition, the discs between the vertebrae can be strained, as can the muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the posture of the spine in this area. Typical symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, headaches, pain in the upper back, shoulder pain, fatigue, vision disturbances and sleeping difficulties. As previously mentioned, these symptoms may be delayed by a few hours to a few days; so many people suffer symptoms without realizing why they are suffering.
Chiropractic care is an excellent way to achieve whiplash relief. Dr. Duca will perform a thorough exam to discover the reasons behind the symptoms and then treat the root problems. Once he knows where the spinal misalignments are, he can perform gentle, precision spinal adjustments to realign the vertebrae, which will take pressure off of pinched nerves. He will also frequently recommend a course of therapeutic exercises to retrain and rehabilitate the muscles in the neck so that they can fully recover and support optimal posture. In addition, soft tissue injuries and pain can be addressed very effectively through massage therapy. By combining these treatments, we can help people get the car accident pain relief they need to live a full and active life again.
The main thing Dr. Duca urges people to remember is that if they have suffered whiplash or any of its associated symptoms, it is important to come in for a checkup right away. Call Back On Track Chiropractic at 205-623-5782 to ask questions or schedule an appointment!