Whiplash usually occurs when your head is jarringly and swiftly thrust backward and then forward right away. The action can harm bones in the spine, disks between bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and tissues that make up the neck.
Common causes include:
Symptoms of whiplash are wide-ranging and often develop quickly, as in the first 24 hours after sustaining whiplash. They include:
Some other symptoms you might experience include:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms after a car accident or sports injury, make an appointment to see Dr. Allam right away. It’s critical to get an accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible and to potentially rule out more serious conditions that might be causing symptoms.
After Dr. Allam takes your complete medical history, he performs a physical exam, observing the spine and neck for abnormalities and any misalignments. He checks for tightness or tenderness in the neck and tests your range of motion. If Dr. Allam suspects that irritation of nerves is involved, he does more in-office tests that check reflexes and muscle power, as he tries to narrow down which section of your spine is causing the symptoms. Furthermore, Dr. Allam may decide to order X-rays to help locate any fractures.
Dr. Allam usually recommends lots of rest and may prescribe muscle relaxants. He may also introduce you to therapeutic stretching to slowly restore familiar, basic movements to your neck. Dr. Allam also offers spinal adjustments or spinal manipulations, applying quick pressure to subluxated, or misaligned, sections of the spine. The processes are gentle and not painful and help correct soft tissue and other disorders. They usually provide immense pain relief.
Craig Ranch Chiropractic accepts most health insurance. However, individuals in need of our services who lack insurance and who are worried about the high costs charged by many other clinics need not worry. We have affordable rates and flexible payment plans allowing access to high-quality care for you and your family. Please call our office today to discuss options.
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