Whiplash is a common type of neck injury – often brought on by an Auto Injury – that could leave patients with a variety of symptoms. These symptoms can sometimes last for months, so additional orthogonal care could certainly be used to supplement your regular treatment. To find out more about whiplash and common forms of treating whiplash, please read the information provided by David Nygaard, an Asheville Chiropractor and Orthogonal Care Specialist below.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
A condition such as whiplash can have lingering symptoms, which may or may not have an influence in your daily life. Common symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, tenderness, stiffness, difficulty moving your head, frequent or continuous headaches, muscle spasms, pain in the shoulders, pain in the arms.
There are also some less common symptoms associated with whiplash; these symptoms may include pins and needles in the extremities, dizziness, tiredness, poor concentration, and irritability. Some of these symptoms can be associated with the primary symptoms of the condition.
Please note that symptoms of whiplash may take several hours to develop. Thus, most people who have suffered whiplash will not experience any symptoms until several hours have passed. Symptoms are usually most intense upon the first day of the injury.
Treating Whiplash – Should I Consult My Chiropractor?
Since whiplash can be a result of a traffic accident or a sudden impact to the head, patients should always consult with their local Doctor of Chiropractic if they suspect whiplash. Even though whiplash is not a life-threatening condition, a serious impact to the head and/or traffic accident could lead to other underlying injuries that are life-threatening.
What Are the Treatments for Whiplash?
Your physician can advise a number of treatments for whiplash. However, the most common way of treating whiplash includes a combination of neck mobility exercises, painkillers, and physiotherapy. In some cases, patients suffer long-term pain due to whiplash, this could lead to a referral to a local pain clinic such as Atlas Chiropractic Of Asheville.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from Whiplash?
Even though orthogonal care and physiotherapy can assist greatly in your recovery, recovery times can be different for everyone. Most patients will experience an improvement of their symptoms within a few weeks. For other patients, the condition can last for up to a year.
Please note that there is also a mental health component associated with whiplash and therefore treating whiplash is often better with orthogonal treatment that takes into account the brain stem and Central Nervous Systems. Since the condition can influence your regular daily activities, a connection between whiplash and anxiety or depression have been reported. If you suspect your mental health is in jeopardy due to this condition, please speak to your physician or a mental health professional as soon as possible.