How Chiropractors can help treat Whiplash

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Whiplash is referred to as Neck strain. The occurrence of Whiplash is most commonly attributed to motor vehicle crashes. It can also occur due to any form of blow or impact that results in a forward and backward jerking of the head. An instant and forceful head movement, sheer forces, tears, that stretch the tendons and muscles in the neck region are likely causes of whiplash symptoms.

Many professional and amateur athletes, especially those involved in contact sports, are susceptible to neck strain.

There is a difference between neck sprain and neck strain. These two words are often incorrectly used. Neck sprains are usually caused by ligament and tissue tearing, which is responsible for connecting bones while damage to tendons, muscle, or tissue bands connecting muscles to bones are responsible for neck strains. 

However, causes, treatment, and symptoms of both neck strain and neck sprain are quite similar. 

Symptoms of Whiplash

Whiplash is a painful condition that comes with a lot of discomfort and if left, can become chronic and difficult to resolve. With that being said though, Creek Stone and Dr. Jeff Williams, your Amarillo chiropractor, is uniquely educated and suited to helping you resolve the pain and symptoms following motor vehicle crashes. 

The following are some of the symptoms of neck strain:

  • Pain

Severe pain is experienced around the neck region, upper back, and the lower back. It can worsen over time.

  • Decreased motion and neck stiffness

You may experience an inability to move your neck through different ranges of motion. Tightness or stiffness around the neck region is also experienced.

  • Headaches

Severe, post-traumatic headache is experienced which can be felt around the forehead

How chiropractors can help with Whiplash

Amarillo chiropractors conduct a thorough exam in an attempt to formulate the most accurate diagnosis to ascertain the cause of the pain, discomfort, and other symptoms associated with Whiplash. Dr. Jeff Williams has Advanced Certification in Whiplash Biomechanics and Traumatology as well as 300 additional hours of education to achieve a Fellowship in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. Creek Stone is the place to recover following your car wreck. 

Chiropractors make use of the following strategies in treating Whiplash:

  • Specific spinal manipulation

Chiropractors in Amarillo are skilled at assessing proper movement and proper biomechanics. Whiplash injury restricts neck motion for example. Chiropractors can take stiff, seldom-used joints and gently and slowly restore motion. Motion is healing and patients typically respond quickly. 

  • Instrument-assisted manipulation

In cases where the patient is sore or not tolerant of manual spinal manipulative therapy, chiropractors make use of manual instruments to apply movement with low force to the spine without thrusting. Instrument-assisted manipulation technique is a non-thrusting strategy that is suitable for treating a whiplash injury, especially on older patients.

  • Therapeutic massage

With the aid of therapeutic massage is carried out by chiropractors to reduce muscle tension in the neck region.

  • Ultrasound

Chiropractors make use of ultrasound to help reduce muscle spams. Ultrasound helps to send sound waves to surrounding muscle tissues. Blood circulation to the neck region is increased, thus relieving muscle stiffness.

  • Resistance technique and manual joint stretching

Muscle energy therapy is a form of manual therapy that can facilitate quick recovery from Whiplash related injury.

  • Interferential electrical stimulation

Inflammation and muscle stiffness around the neck region is reduced by using an electrical current of low frequency to relieve muscle tension and reduce neck pain.

  • Trigger point therapy

Neck tightness and stiffness are some of the common symptoms associated with Whiplash. Trigger point therapy helps to identify hypotonic or tight points in the muscle. Chiropractors apply direct pressure to these hypotonic points in the muscle to relieve muscle tension.

  • Exercise and change of lifestyle 

Chiropractors offer professional advice to their patients on the right type of exercise they can engage in to reduce Whiplash. Exercises help to promote muscle flexibility and reduce stiffness and numbness in the neck. Patients are also advised to change their lifestyle to minimize the occurrence of whiplash injuries. It is advisable to tread with caution when driving or carrying out risky jobs that might serve as a threat to your overall well being.

Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash

Whiplash is an injury on the neck region associated with a quick and forceful oscillatory neck movement. It gives a feeling like that of a cracking whip. Whiplash occurs mostly during a car accident. Trauma, physical abuse, and sports-related accidents are also common causes of whiplash.

Headaches, neck stiffness, and pain are apparent signs and symptoms attributed to whiplash. Neck pain can either be chronic or acute, depending on how long the injury has lasted. Whiplash results in damage to the intervertebral joints positioned between vertebrae. Whiplash may also damage ligaments, discs, nerve roots, and cervical muscles. 

Symptoms of whiplash

Whiplash symptoms are usually not immediate. An individual may experience whiplash symptoms 24 hours after initial impact or trauma. The following symptoms of whiplash may be experienced within a few days of injury:

  • Neck stiffness

Inability to move or rotate the neck. 

  • Neck pain

Neck pain is experienced and could be acute or chronic, depending on the duration of the injury.

  • Low back pain

Low back pain is also a likely symptom associated with whiplash. Chronic neck pain may affect the lower back region.

Other symptoms include:

  • Concussion
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Remembrance and concentration difficulty
  • Numbness or pain in the hand or arm

Chiropractic treatment for whiplash

Chiropractors in Amarillo are experienced in treating cases of whiplash. The following are methods or techniques used by chiropractors to treat whiplash:

  • Chiropractors carry out proper diagnosis

Before any treatment method is offered, chiropractors carry out an adequate exam and diagnosis to determine the root cause of the pain, stiffness, fatigue, and other whiplash symptoms. With an appropriate diagnosis, effective treatment methods are recommended depending on the severity of the case.

  • Muscle stimulation or relaxation

Muscle stimulation and relaxation are often used by chiropractors to treat cases of whiplash. Muscle stimulation and relaxation process involve stretching of the muscles gently to relieve tension. Forceful stretches are carried out in a situation where the muscles are very tight. 

Chiropractors help relieve whiplash pain by making use of finger pressure techniques. This process involves the use of the finger to apply gentle pressures to the affected tight muscles, which help in relieving pain.

  • Mckenzie exercises

Chiropractors in Amarillo advise the use of McKenzie exercises as a treatment for disc injuries associated with whiplash.

Disc disorder as a result of whiplash is reduced when a patient actively participates in McKenzie’s exercises. McKenzie exercise is a simple form of exercise that can be carried out in the office or at home. Patients are involved in their recovery process by carrying out regular Mckenzie exercises.

  • Sensorimotor and stabilization exercises 

Sensorimotor and stabilization exercises are chiropractic recommended techniques that are carried out to treat whiplash related injuries. Defective movement patterns might develop when there is a whiplash injury. Sensorimotor and stabilization exercises help to control and coordinate patterns of movements and also help to improve the stability of the neck muscles.

Sensorimotor and stabilization exercises are useful in major traumatic cases which includes: fall or motor accident. In cases of minor traumatic whiplash conditions such as sporting injury, home or occupational injury, or injuries sustained from a crowd push, sensorimotor and stabilization exercises are effective in treating and alleviating whiplash symptoms from such injuries.

  • Chiropractic Advice on changes to lifestyle

Aside from muscle stimulation and exercises, chiropractors employ other techniques in treating whiplash issues. Chiropractors give professional advice to their patients with whiplash conditions. Chiropractors advise on ways they reduce stress while carrying out daily activities. Patients should avoid general lifestyle, recreational, home, or work activities that are likely contributors to whiplash accidents which might lead to muscle dysfunction.

Chiropractors also offer professional advice on different stress reduction methods that are reliable in reducing strain on the body. 

How we can help

If you are suffering from whiplash and this is taking much of your time as you are not allowed to carry out your usual daily activities, then you might want to consider us. We are one of the best chiropractors in Amarillo, and our compassionate team will not only help you with the best and most effective chiropractic adjustment, but we can also provide you with knowledge on how to take control of your health.

Only 2% of chiropractors in the world specialize and achieve a Fellowship. Our lead chiropractor, Dr. Jeff Williams, has a Fellowship in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. In addition, Dr. Williams has Advanced Certification in Whiplash Biomechanics and Traumatology. According to the Texas Council of Chiropractic Orthopedists, Dr. Williams is the only Fellow west of I-35 in Texas. 

Come let us show you the difference with your Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM.

Creek Stone Integrated Care
Jeff Williams, DC
3501 SW 45th St., Ste T
Amarillo, TX 79109