Natural Whiplash Treatment
The lash of a whip is so quick and forceful that the resulting “crack” sound is actually a small sonic boom. The neck strain injury known as whiplash can occur just as quickly, which is how it has earned its much-dreaded name. A common car accident injury, whiplash can cause debilitating symptoms, while the underlying damage may grow progressively worse without prompt care.
Fortunately, Vaughan ON whiplash sufferers can receive the safe, effective, non-pharmaceutical treatment they need right here at Synergy Rehab & Physiotherapy.
Whiplash Causes, Symptoms & Comlications
Whiplash may be more properly thought of as a syndrome, or collection symptoms related to a specific problem or event. That’s because a case of whiplash may actually involve multiple injuries to different components in the neck. It occurs when the head is thrown into sharp, violent motion while the body remains still.
The most common whiplash scenario is a car accident injury situation. While most of your body may be held stationary by your seat belt harness during a sudden stop, your head’s weight is free to respond to momentum. This may cause it to fly backward, causing hyperextension of the neck, and then forward, causing hyperflexion. The resulting damage may include:
Whiplash may leave you unable to turn your head due to acute neck stiffness and pain — but that agony is just part of the experience. If you have compressed nerve tissue due to cervical misalignment or herniated discs in the neck, you also experience everything from headaches and dizziness to mood disorders, memory issues, ringing in the ears, and vision problems.
Strained muscles and tendons
Dislocated or misaligned cervical vertebrae
Herniated vertebral discs
Pinched cervical nerve roots or spinal cord tissue
Drug-Free Relief from Our Chiropractor
Our chiropractor can help you achieve drug-free relief from your whiplash symptoms — and the sooner you get help, the better. Whiplash injuries can get worse and worse the longer you delay treatment, possibly leaving you with internal scarring that inhibits motion. We can evaluate your cervical spine to catch any vertebral or disc problems that need correcting.
Cervical chiropractic adjustments can bring neck components back into line with each other, relieving nerve compression and joint stiffness. We can also administer massage therapy to relieve soft tissue pain, as well as a variety of physiotherapy techniques to help you regain pain-free range of motion.
Whiplash FAQs from our Vaughan Chiropractor
At Synergy Rehab, we have a dedicated team of physiotherapy and chiropractic practitioners helping people every day recovering from whiplash and other auto accident injuries. We’re always glad to answer question and concerns from the community about this common health condition.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a syndrome caused by sudden acceleration and deceleration of the body, such as what happens during an auto accident. Such movement imposes significant force on the connective tissues in the cervical spine, upper back, and shoulder region.
What are symptoms of whiplash?
Common whiplash symptoms include:
- Neck pain, stiffness, and tenderness
- Shoulder pain, stiffness, and tenderness
- Jaw pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Numbness, tingling, and pain in one or both arms
What other types of injuries are common after an auto accident?
Side impact, rear-end, and front-end collisions (even “minor” ones) can lead to a variety of injuries, including:
- Disc herniation and bulge
- Muscle strain
- “Dashboard knee” (blunt force trauma to the knee)
- Bone fractures
- Ligament Sprains
- Spinal joint subluxations
- Brachial plexus injury (strain in the nerve pathway in your shoulder, often as a result of a seatbelt injury)
When should I see a chiropractor and/or physiotherapist after an auto accident?
As soon as you are medically cleared! Even if you walk away from your accident feeling “fine,” there could be an underlying joint misalignment, inflammatory process, or some other damage that simply isn’t showing symptoms yet because of a surge in flight-or-flight hormones that mask pain.
How can physiotherapy or chiropractic care help me recover from my whiplash?
Both chiropractic care and physiotherapy have the support of both anecdotal and scientific evidence, showing that these therapies are consistently among the safest drug-free options for auto accident injury care. At Synergy Rehab, our clinician offers beneficial non-invasive services such as:
- Spinal adjustments
- Therapeutic exercises
- Massage therapy
- Custom braces
Whether you’re in need of tissue healing, anti-inflammation, reduced muscle tension and spasm, joint realignment, nerve and disc relief, or some other element of healing, our complementary holistic services can help you—without the drugs or surgery.
Will insurance cover my whiplash or related auto accident injury?
This depends on several factors, including your insurance coverage and the details of your accident. We can help you file a claim and work with your insurance company, or offer you other flexible payment options to ensure you get the holistic treatment you need.
Don’t Delay — Call Our Chiropractic Center Today!
Don’t let your whiplash get the better of you by putting off treatment.
Call Synergy Rehab & Physiotherapy at 905-856-4174 right now schedule an evaluation so we can put you on the road to recovery!