Whiplash Injuries and Symptoms

by Dr. Armstrong

Following an injury caused by a car accident, a blow to the body from a sporting event, or a work-related injury, the victim is often taken to a hospital where x-rays are ordered and the patient is advised that no bones have been broken. The patient is generally directed to rest and take medication.  

Unfortunately, the symptoms of whiplash injuries often do not appear for several days, weeks, months, or even years after the injury occurs. A few days later, or in some cases even longer, the patient begins to experience a stiff neck, persistent headaches, irritability, shoulder pain or fatigue, and may not make the association to the earlier incident.  These symptoms are in fact the result of a whiplash injury.

Recent studies have added to the already substantial body of evidence that care by a chiropractor is effective in treating whiplash injuries.  Chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and exercise have been shown to be the most effective combination of treatment for whiplash injuries.  

Patients with neck pain have better results with early activity and mobilization than with standard medical treatment.

This information is not intended as a substitute for professional chiropractic care.  For a free, no obligation consultation, please call our office today at 707.792.1400.

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