Whiplash Treatment After an Auto Accident Injury

If you've been in a car accident, it's likely that you have a lot to deal with right now. Between insurance claims and finding a new vehicle, your own health may be the last thing on your mind. Amidst all the post auto accident injury stress, it's important that you make time to see a chiropractor to nip potential health problems in the bud before symptoms begin to show. At Lynch Chiropractic Center, our chiropractor has decades of experience helping patients recover from injuries caused by a car accident. 

man holding his neck from whiplash pain from an auto accident injury; car accident in the background

What Is Whiplash?

In day to day life, our neck muscles do a great job of bracing our tendons and spine for any impacts that come our way. In a car accident, however, the neck does not know an impact is about to occur. This means that the muscles have no time to brace for impact. As a result, the muscles and tendons of the neck may be forced to bend in unnatural ways to deal with the force of the accident. This may result in whiplash.

Whiplash Symptoms

Whiplash symptoms are not the same for everyone. Many people experience a sore neck, shoulders, and upper back, fatigue, mood changes, insomnia, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating. Movement of the head and neck tends to increase neck discomfort. Pain may also radiate from the upper back/ shoulders into the arms. Less commonly, some people experience depression and irritability. 

Whiplash Treatment

If you have recently been in a car accident, it's important that you seek treatment from a chiropractor right away. It's easiest to treat whiplash before symptoms occur, and the sooner you receive treatment, the less time it will take you to make a full recovery. Treatment for whiplash may include corrective exercises, spinal adjustment, a neck brace, hot/cold therapy, medical massage, and more. No two cases of whiplash are exactly alike. When you come in for your first appointment, our chiropractor will talk with you about your accident in order to fully understand the circumstances that caused your injury. From there, he will make a unique treatment plan for you. While some people begin to feel whiplash relief after their first appointment, it may take a few weeks for the healing process to begin. 

Call Our Lexington Chiropractor

If you've been in a car accident, it's important that you seek chiropractic care as soon as possible, even if you aren't yet experiencing symptoms of whiplash. Call our Lexington office, Lynch Chiropractic Center, at (859) 266-1999.