Chiropractic Care for Whiplash in Tacoma
Chiropractors are experts in treating whiplash injuries and can help to relieve pain and restore mobility to the neck. Chiropractic care typically involves spinal manipulation and other manual therapies to help relieve pain and tension in the neck.
Massage therapy, ice/heat therapy, and acupuncture may also be used to help reduce inflammation and promote healing. In some cases, chiropractors may also recommend exercises or stretch to help improve range of motion and strength.
Our chiropractic team in Tacoma is very experienced in helping patients deal with Whiplash injuries and getting on the path to recovery.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a common injury that can occur from a car accident, sports injury, or other sudden movements. This happens when the head is quickly twisted or bent backward and creates a strain on the neck. When this happens, your spine can be stretched or compressed and can result in damage to your ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
These events can also cause small (or large) misalignments in your spine, which is referred to as a subluxation. Subluxations can put pressure on your nerves and cause pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and muscle spasms.
At our family chiropractic office in Tacoma, we offer comprehensive care following car accidents or other traumas to relieve symptoms from Whiplash injuries.
Common Causes of Whiplash Injuries
Whiplash can be caused by any event that puts an unordinary strain on the neck.
The risk of whiplash increases with age. People who do physically demanding work such as athletes, construction workers, mechanics, military personnel, etc., are all at a greater risk of getting this type of injury. Being involved in an accident that involves car crashes or other high-speed collisions is also a major risk factor
It is estimated that 1/3 of all car accidents involve whiplash injuries. According to some studies, as many as 90% of all individuals involved in car accidents have some type of neck pain after an accident. Certain factors can increase the risk for whiplash.
Symptoms of Whiplash Injuries
As a result of whiplash, many people experience headaches and migraines that can be difficult to treat. Whiplash also causes problems with your range of motion in the neck and shoulder area causing stiffness and discomfort.
Other whiplash symptoms include:
- Muscle spasms
- Upper backaches
- Lack of sleep
- Reduced range of motion around the neck
Whiplash Treatment in Tacoma
If you’re experiencing neck pain or stiffness, it’s probably time to see a Chiropractor. Our team in Tacoma is here to help you recover from your Whiplash injury and get your spine and neck feeling great again. You don’t have to live in pain!
Book an appointment to get started on your path to recovery.