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Whiplash and Chiropractic
Whiplash treatment and chiropractic go hand in hand as your conservative treatment choice for recovery. Chiropractors specialize in the treatment of spinal conditions without the use of drugs or surgery. Our Overland Park and Lenexa chiropractic clinics work closely with the medical community to find the best recovery plan for whiplash patients and their injuries. Whiplash injuries can vary from a simple sprain of the neck from a car accident to fractures or concussion symptoms from a snowboarding fall. A comprehensive examination utilizing orthopedic, neurological, among other testing is necessary in order to figure out the extent of the injuries to ensure that the chiropractic patient will not experience recurring or long term effects from the whiplash injury.
Whiplash is a general term used when someone has experienced a sudden or violent back and forth motion of the neck. This can cause damage to joints, muscles, tissue, nerves among other things in the body. Many people are aware of the term whiplash but do not realize you can get whiplash from a variety of activity:
- Car Accidents - Even minor rear end accidents can cause significant damage
- Sports Activities - Football, hockey and other contact sports
- Physical Abuse -
- Slips and Falls - Snowboarding/skiing, falls on ice
Common Whiplash Symptoms
- Acute neck pain
- Pain extending into the shoulder blade and mid back region
- Limited and painful range of motion
- Pain shooting down arms or shoulders
- Numbness and tingling
- Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
Red Flags To Watch For
If you or someone you know has been in a car accident or another cause of whiplash, be sure to watch for these red flags and seek medical attention if experiencing one or more of the following:
- Severe headache that seems like worst of your life
- Dizziness and nausea
- Blurred Vision
- Difficulty with balance or memory
- Inability to move neck at all
- Potential fractures occurred
What Are Whiplash Treatment Options?
Our Overland Park and Lenexa chiropractors utilize current and advanced whiplash treatments that may include: chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitation exercises, laser therapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, acupuncture, mobilization of joints, soft tissue and myofascial release techniques, and many other treatment options to not only reduce pain but correct the underlying problem to reduce the chances of re-injuring the area.
Depending on the chiropractic patient's symptoms, we work as a medical team to co-manage care if the patient is not responding to care, experiencing concussion symptoms, has fractures or other unstable areas, among other reasons so we can get the patient back to full health quickly.