Whiplash injuries happen when a person’s head and neck are whipped backwards and then forward very rapidly, such as in a sports injury, amusement park ride, or a car accident. The effects of whiplash are felt because the structures of the neck – the muscles, bones, and ligaments – are moved beyond their normal range of motion. Whiplash is often considered to be a minor condition. However, it has the potential to cause chronic pain and discomfort if not properly addressed.
Signs and symptoms of whiplash can include:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck
- Loss of neck range of motion
- Increased pain with neck movements
- Shoulder and/or arm pain
- Vision changes
- Memory and concentration issues
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Many people never receive treatment for whiplash injuries, relying on rest, over the counter medications, and home remedies. While this may serve as a short-term solution to the pain and discomfort, the problem lies in the fact that the underlying structure of the spine was never addressed. The whiplash injury may likely have caused specific misalignments of the vertebrae in the neck that are often the cause of lingering pain, even after a minor accident.
Neck pain specialist Dr. Terry Crowder helps patients suffering from whiplash injuries both old and new. As an upper cervical chiropractor, Dr. Crowder looks for misalignments in the top two vertebrae in the neck, which are usually the culprit in patients with long-standing neck pain following an injury.
Dr. Crowder’s adjustments are gentle and specific. By restoring normal alignment and biomechanics to the vertebrae in the neck, the soft tissues are also allowed to heal normally as well. That is why many whiplash patients are able to find lasting relief without having to rely on medications.
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