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Whiplash, also referred to as a neck strain or sprain, is an injury to the soft tissues and muscular tissues in the area of your neck. This type of injury occurs when your head is quickly and forcefully thrust back and then forward. It is one of the most common types of car accident injuries in Vernon Hills and generally happens when someone is involved in a rear-end car collision.
The quick backward and forward motion that occurs upon impact may cause injury to the tissue, bones, and ligaments in your neck and the discs and vertebrae of your spine. Although whiplash most commonly occurs as the result of an auto accident, it can occur from other types of forceful, sudden impacts, such as being on a roller coaster. Whiplash should not be taken lightly because it has the potential of progressing into more serious injuries.
Although the pain and symptoms associated with whiplash may not be immediately apparent. It may worsen within a few days and people who are treated immediately following a whiplash injury tend to have less long-term effects. There is a range of problems that may occur as a result of not seeking immediate chiropractic treatment in Vernon Hills for whiplash, including:
The first step to recovery is seeking a comprehensive examination from your chiropractor. The recommended chiropractic treatment will vary, depending of the severity of your whiplash and additional neck, spine and/or back injuries. Your chiropractor will typically do a variety of tests, such as Ultra-sound, Electric muscle stimulation, CT scan, MRI or an X-ray to determine the extent of injury to your neck, back, and spine. A mild case of whiplash is generally treated with hot/cold therapy, massage therapy and/or exercise. However, in more extreme cases, chiropractic care may include wearing a neck brace to provide immobility, adjustments and/or physical therapy. The sooner you seek treatment for a whiplash injury, the greater the chance is of it not developing into a more serious injury.
If you were involved in an accident and you suspect you may have whiplash, it is essential that you seek chiropractic treatment immediately. Along with the risk of more serious physical injuries that may result from whiplash, it may develop into chronic whiplash syndrome, which may include a variety of symptoms, such as depression, stress and possibly dependence on pain medications.
If you think you may have whiplash or other back and neck injuries resulting from an accident, contact Molloy Chiropractic Center, Inc. today to schedule a consultation.