Whiplash Specialist

Craig Ranch Chiropractic

Chiropractor located in McKinney, TX

Whiplash is no fun to deal with and can affect many aspects of your daily routine such as chewing, walking around, and sleeping. If you’re experiencing symptoms after a car accident or any type of trauma, make an appointment to see Dr. Troy Allam online or his office, Craig Ranch Chiropractic in McKinney, Texas. There are more than 200,000 cases of whiplash every year in the United States. Although it’s self-treatable, the aid and guidance of a medical professional like Dr. Allam can speed up and improve the overall recovery process.

Whiplash Q & A

What causes whiplash?

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:

  • Car crashes, particularly rear-end collisions
  • Physical altercations
  • Contact sports often tackles in football

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Symptoms of whiplash are wide-ranging and often develop quickly, as in the first 24 hours after sustaining whiplash. They include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck
  • Difficulty with moving the neck
  • Decreased range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches (originating in the base of the skull)
  • Pain in the shoulder, upper back, and arms
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

Some other symptoms you might experience include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Ringing in the ears (related to tinnitus)
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Loss of cognitive function (concentration, memory)
  • Depression

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.

How is whiplash diagnosed?

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.

How does whiplash treatment work?

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.