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Syracuse Chiropractor | Syracuse chiropractic care | NY | Whiplash

Brighton Hill Chiropractic, PC

 

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Whiplash
 

Whiplash
Whiplash, most often experienced as a rapid backward to frontward (or front to back) "whipping" of the head, most commonly results from riding in a car that is struck from behind or that collides with another object. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments that support the spine and head can be overstretched or torn. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae can be jerked out of their normal alignment, causing swelling and muscle tension and reducing range of motion. The spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck can get stretched and irritated. Often, with impacts at relatively lower speeds, occupants can suffer considerable soft tissue injury while the car may only be slightly damaged.

The resulting instability of the spine and soft tissues can cause headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulder, arms and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and even back problems further down the spine. As the body attempts to adapt, symptoms may continue to surface for weeks or even months.

The chiropractic approach to these types of injuries uses specific, gentle chiropractic adjustments and supportive therapies to help heal and return spinal function back to normal. After a thorough examination and case history, the doctor will recommend a series of visits, called a treatment plan, to help restore proper motion and position of the spinal bones. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue can often be minimized.

Consult a Chiropractic Doctor before enduring constant headaches, depending on addictive pain medication, or submitting to non-emergency spinal surgery.