Whiplash, also known as a neck sprain, is a painful and potentially serious neck injury we treat at Peterson Chiropractic Inc. Receiving prompt chiropractic care after the injury can prevent permanent damage and loss of neck mobility. Because neck sprain signs are not always obvious, we may need to do image tests such as an X-ray to confirm any underlying injury. Based on the results, our Chino Hills chiropractor may recommend neck adjustments and rehabilitative care to help you recover quickly.
More About Whiplash
Neck sprain commonly occurs from a car crash, especially a rear-end collision. The injury results from a rapid forward and backward motion of the head and neck that is so forceful it strains or tears the surrounding soft tissue. The spinal joints in the cervical region of the neck may also lock-up (joint restriction) and lead to reduced range of motion. Neck sprain can also happen from a blow to the head while playing contact sports.
Common Symptoms of Neck Sprain
Symptoms vary depending on the extent of the injury and can take about 24 hours to show up. The first sign is usually a sudden mild to excruciating neck pain. The pain may radiate down to the shoulder blades, upper back, or arm. Other common symptoms include:
- Neck stiffness
- Swelling or tenderness
- Pain worsens with movement
- Dizziness or headaches at the base of the skull
- Trouble turning the head in one or more directions
- Numbness or tingling due to pressure on a nerve in the neck
Whiplash Treatment by Our Chiropractor in Chino Hills, CA
As you may know, chiropractic care involves drug-free, surgery-free pain-relief treatment that works by targeting the underlying injury or condition. Pain relief methods can include non-invasive spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapies, and special exercises to repair, rebuild, and strengthen the joints and muscles.
In the case of a neck sprain, Dr. Derrik Peterson can perform a cervical adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments are safe. It involves manipulating the spinal joints and muscles in the neck to relieve pain, stiffness, and inflammation. The pain may ease significantly and you may notice you can move the neck in different directions with less discomfort. It may, however, take several adjustments and rehabilitative exercises to achieve maximum relief.
Your chiropractor may also adjust the upper or lower back spine into alignment to restore overall balance and improve nervous system functions. Those that come to us for treatment know that these are lasting benefits painkillers cannot provide.
Treat Whiplash Injury Right Away! Contact Us
Come in for chiropractic care and avoid the negative long-term effects associated with a neck sprain. Call Peterson Chiropractic Inc at (909) 248-1155 to schedule an appointment today. We can help, especially if you live in Chino Hills, CA, or a neighboring community.