Risks of Not Receiving Whiplash Treatment
While many people think of whiplash as something that occurs in conjunction with a car injury, whiplash can affect anyone who receives an impact injury that causes a rapid back-and-forth movement of the head or neck.
Even a sports injury, like a tackle during a football game, or physical abuse, as when someone is severely shaken, can cause trauma to the spinal processes of the neck and upper back.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Symptoms of whiplash include some signs that normally result within a day or so of the triggering event, such as:
- Neck pain
- Loss of motion range in the neck
- Shoulder, upper back, or arm tenderness
- Arm tingling or numbness
But some, less common, signs can take weeks or months to show up, causing people to not associate them with whiplash. These include:
- Irritable mood
- Concentration issues
- Trouble sleeping
- Blurred vision
Even if you don’t experience any symptoms after a car or other type of impact injury, you should see a chiropractor immediately to ensure there is no damage to your spine.
Whiplash Treatment — The Earlier, the Better
Research shows that early treatment is key in resolving injuries sustained from whiplash and for preventing long-term problems.
In addition, frequently applied submaximal movements in association with physical therapy was more effective than stabilization and rest.
Chiropractic care, which involves the gentle manipulation of spinal structures to return them to proper positioning, is a great way to realign vertebrae for optimal function.
Injured in Longview? Get Your Spine Checked Now to Start Your Whiplash Treatment
Have you or a family member been in a car accident or sustained a fall or impact injury from sports? If so, you need a thorough spine check-up to determine whether or not you have whiplash.
Even if you have no symptoms (because, remember, some whiplash symptoms take time to evolve) you owe it to your health to stop in at Longview Chiropractic.
Dr. Lipkin has over 30 years of experience treating patients with whiplash and other injuries of the neck and spine. He can perform diagnostic and mechanical tests of your spine to determine if any injuries exist, then provide effective and safe manipulative therapy to reduce symptoms and help you heal.
Call (903) 234-2225 today to see how Longview Chiropractic can help keep you on the path to good health.