Statistics differ about how many people get whiplash each year, but one thing is for certain, whiplash is a pain in the neck. About half of the people who get whiplash develop chronic symptoms. Our chiropractors at SoCal Spinal Decompression Center, Lee Chiropractic, Inc. in Los Angeles would like to take a closer look at whiplash and how we can help.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is also called a cervical strain, neck sprain, or neck strain. It is an injury to your neck’s muscles and tendons. It can also cause other health complications.
Causes of Whiplash
Whiplash is caused by a sudden, forceful snapping of your head in one direction and suddenly in another. Although it most often happens because of auto accidents, whiplash can be caused in many different ways. It can happen by playing sports, at work, or if you are assaulted.
Symptoms of Whiplash
The most common symptoms of whiplash are neck pain, stiffness, headaches, dizziness, and an inability to move your neck without pain. A general feeling of soreness can range from the shoulders, down the arms, and into your back. Many people also feel an annoying tingling down one or both arms. It is also common to feel exhausted.
Using Neck Braces or Foam Collars for Whiplash
It was once thought that people who suffered whiplash should wear a neck brace or foam collar all of the time for weeks. It is now known that over the long term, neck braces and foam collars can do more harm than good. Your neck muscles get too weak to hold your head up. Neck collars or foam collars should be worn for only a few days. They often help people with whiplash sleep.
Chiropractic Care for Whiplash
A chiropractor uses many forms of treatment for whiplash. Your diet will be gone over to make healthier alternatives. Your spine will be gently aligned so that you can relax more and experience less pain. You may be offered other treatments to reduce pain and restore your mobility, such as acupuncture and massage therapy.
Get Quality Whiplash Treatment in Los Angeles, CA
There is no need to suffer from the pain and stiffness of whiplash. If you live in the Los Angeles area, contact SoCal Spinal Decompression Center, Lee Chiropractic, Inc. Call our team today at (323) 375-5147 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.