What Is Whiplash and How Long Does It Last?
Whiplash is the pain you feel in your neck, caused by an injury of a quick jerk motion forward then backward. The ligaments and tendons in your neck stretch out and even tear, causing the discomfort. The pain can be felt for a short time period like a few hours or to as long as years or even a lifetime. Severe whiplash can take a toll on your body with long term effects. A whiplash chiropractor specialist can help you out. At Rittenhouse Square Chiropractic, we want to solve your neck strain problems.
Signs & Symptoms
- Neck and Shoulder pain
- Trouble in range of motion of neck
- Upper back pain
- Ringing in Ears
- Memory and concentration troubles
- Traumatic Brain Injury (Concussion)
- Numbness in arms, legs, shoulders
- Jaw Pain (TMJD/TMD)
Is There an Official Medical Name for Whiplash?
There is no official medical name for whiplash. The closest term would be neck sprain. The term originated from the similarity in a motion to a whip your body forms when in a car accident. It suddenly jerks forward and then whips back. A whiplash chiropractor can help to treat you for your neck strain symptoms.
Causes of Whiplash Include:
- Auto accidents
- Sports related injuries
- Physical abuse
- Hitting head with heavy objects
How to Treat Whiplash
While more mild cases of whiplash are commonly treated with ice packs or over the counter drugs, it is essential that you see a whiplash chiropractor who specializes in car accidents or sports related injuries. This will make sure that your mild discomfort does not turn into a lifelong problem, needing a serious surgery to fix it. Take even mild pain seriously.
At our Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square Chiropractic location, we do an initial assessment to specifically analyze the effect of your injury on your body. We then will form a plan of chiropractic, exercises, physical therapy modalities and re-evaluations over time until your condition improves.
Whiplash Chiropractor Exercise Tips
- Wait at least 72 hours before exercises
- Get diagnosed by a whiplash chiropractor doctor
- Do exercises correctly
- Complete the whiplash exercises regularly over time
- Use ice for the first 72 hours, then alternate heat and ice
- Get personalized exercises from a whiplash chiropractor
- Concentrate on slow, controlled movements
- Fit exercises into your routine once you are cleared to exercise
The Rittenhouse Square Chiropractic Experience
We have an extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff at Rittenhouse Square Chiropractic in Philadelphia. We love seeing new patients walk in the door and leave pain free or with an actionable plan to improve over time. Come in today for an assessment to learn the cause of your pain and to prevent pain in the future. We not only do all chiropractic services, we can also set up a complete health and wellness program to improve your lifestyle. Make an appointment here>>