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Posted on 07-07-2017
At North Lamar Chiropractic, our experienced team provides auto accident chiropractic care in Austin TX. If you've recently been injured in an auto accident, our team can assist you in finding holistic, non-invasive relief from your symptoms and optimize your health.
Whiplash is by far the most common injury we see in our patients following an auto accident. We've taken the time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding this injury.
What is whiplash?
Specifically, whiplash refers to a condition where the cervical (upper) spine is abruptly or violently thrown forward during an accident at the time of impact. When this occurs, the ligaments, muscles, and tendons surrounding the upper spine become torn and damaged.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Often times, whiplash symptoms do not present themselves until 12-24 hours after the accident itself. By the time symptoms do begin, they usually involve pain and stiffness, especially in the upper back. However, some patients will also experience other symptoms like headaches and migraines, tingling/numbness, and even shoulder pain. Your experience may vary, but if you have been in an auto accident and suffer from any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you see our chiropractor for a professional evaluation and diagnosis.
How is whiplash diagnosed?
Generally, our chiropractor is able to accurately diagnose whiplash with a basic evaluation. This will include an evaluation of your symptoms, as well as a physical examination. If needed, diagnostic testing in the form of X-rays may also be recommended.
How can chiropractic care help treat whiplash?
Chiropractic care is ideal for whiplash treatment, especially if you want to find relief from your symptoms without the use of invasive procedures or drugs. Furthermore, chiropractic treatments focus on healing your pain at its source, rather than masking it with drugs and medications. This, in turn, allows you to find the relief you need without worrying about side effects and other risks.
In our office, we offer a wide range of chiropractic treatment options for those suffering from whiplash. Chiropractic adjustments are the most common treatment we recommend; this manual adjustment focuses on correcting alignment problems in the upper spine that may have occurred during the accident. Furthermore, spinal adjustment helps to promote better oxygen and blood flow throughout the body, which assists the body's own natural healing processes as well.
In addition to adjustments, we may recommend additional treatment sessions for massage therapy, which can help to reduce tension around the muscles after an accident and provide you with long-lasting pain relief.
If you think you may be suffering from whiplash after an auto injury in Austin, it's time to schedule an appointment with our chiropractic team. Give North Lamar Chiropractic a call at (512) 835-1955 to request your appointment and find out more about the many other services we have to offer.
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