During a car accident, vertebrae in the neck or spine can shift out of alignment and ligaments and tendons can be strained or torn. Even in minor car accidents, such as a fender bender, there can be internal injuries such as neck strain, back tension, torn muscles, or soft tissue stress even when there are no outward signs of injury. These hidden injuries can cause intense pain, leaving you unable to go about your normal daily activities and taking away from your quality of life.
Without quick diagnosis and a proper treatment plan, pain can escalate and inflammation can prohibit proper healing, causing a longer recovery, missed work, and loss of daily activities. However, with the correct diagnosis and a correct Utah whiplash treatment plan put in place, recovery time can be diminished and pain can be reduced to a minimum to help you return to normal activity as quickly as possible.
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Utah Whiplash Treatment
Whiplash is an injury to the neck due to a sudden distortion or extension of the neck, when the neck experiences a sudden acceleration-deceleration motion. Muscles in the neck and back are overextended and can lead to symptoms from mild to severe pain from stiffness and inflammation in muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments. Headaches, migraines, fatigue, dizziness can lead to an overall feeling of being unwell.
Whiplash is a relatively common injury; however, it is often ignored or neglected due to lack of understanding of the condition. While some symptoms can occur immediately after the injury, some symptoms are often are not felt until days later. The most common effects of whiplash are pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders and back, headaches, pain and weakness in the arm, dizziness, fatigue.
Spinal and Back Pain Treatment
Extreme care must be used in cases with injuries to the neck and back. The spinal cord is comprised of highly sensitive and valuable nerves, around the spinal cord are discs, vertebrae, tendons, ligaments and muscles to protect the vulnerable spinal cord. If one of the vertebrae or discs becomes displaced in an accident or injury, immense pain can result as well as the fact that the spinal cord is vulnerable to pressure and permanent nerve damage.
Symptoms may include numbness or pain in the hip, leg, or foot. Furthermore, if left without treatment for an extended time, pain may increase and permanent nerve damage may result with a loss of feeling in that limb. Pain or anti-inflammatory medication may help alleviate pain symptoms or reduce swelling; however it is important to treat the actual cause with chiropractor treatment Utah.
Why see a Chiropractor After Accident?
Chiropractic care and treatment is a vital part a patient’s rehabilitation after a car accident. It is non-invasive and drug-free, working with the body to heal itself. Spinal adjustments can help realign the vertebrae to alleviate pressure on the discs in between the vertebrae, helping to reduce inflammation and thus reduce the pain of slipped discs. Keeping the joints loose and flexible is imperative to the healing processes. After an accident or injury, muscles tend to tighten around joints, putting pressure on ligaments and tendons which surround the joints. A Utah car accident chiropractor can use adjustments to improve the flexibility of the joints in an affected area, reduce the swelling and tightness of muscles, and ease the tension that strain and injury places on tendons and ligaments.