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Whiplash Syndrome

Whiplash Syndrome is an injury to the cervical or neck region of the spine that is caused by a rapid forward and backward motion to the neck. These rapid motions cause the neck to move well beyond its normal range of motion and may affect ligaments, muscles, vertebrae, facet joints, discs, and nerves. Typically, this condition occurs after a car accident, but can also occur from contact sports or other physical trauma.

Unfortunately, by the time more serious complications develop, some of the damage from the injury may have become permanent. Numerous studies have shown that years after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, roughly half of them state that they still suffer with symptoms from their injuries. If you have been in a motor vehicle or any other kind of accident, don’t assume that you escaped injury if you are not currently in pain.

Whiplash Syndrome Symptoms

There are many symptoms that arise from whiplash, and these symptoms usually take effect within the first 24 hours after the initial event:

• Neck pain or stiffness
• Decreased range of motion
• Headaches
• Tightness
• Neck Spasms
• Ringing of the ears
• Sleep disturbances
• Fatigue

Unfortunately, these symptoms can take hours before they’re even noticeable. They become more severe the day after, and symptoms may continue to worsen for several days. Even if a few Ibuprofen pills help relieve your neck pain and other symptoms, you should never ignore a potential whiplash injury. In addition to worsening pain, other symptoms could start to show up over time.

Whiplash Syndrome Treatment

Clearway offers treatment for your whiplash injury. After a thorough diagnosis, our physicians will determine the best treatment plan for your individual situation.

Options to help alleviate the pain in the initial 24 hours include applying ice to the injury for no more than 20 minutes at a time. Early movement with gentle exercise, as opposed to immobilization, will reduce your time of recovery as well.

Clearway’s chiropractic care team utilizes manual manipulation of the spine to restore the normal movement and position of the spinal vertebrae. It is by far the single-most effective treatment for minimizing the long-term impact of whiplash injuries, especially when coupled with massage therapy, trigger point therapy, exercise rehabilitation and other soft tissue rehabilitation modalities.

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