Whiplash is a common ailment after a car accident, sports injury, or physical trauma. It can cause you to have lingering pain, as well as difficulty moving your neck. While whiplash is common, it is still hard to live with. At Stoetzel’s Planet Chiropractic in Lemont, Dr. Stoetzel can help you manage the pain of whiplash.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury that occurs when your head and neck are violently jerked back and forth. This often happens when you’re in a car accident. The movement injures the soft tissues in your neck, which can lead to ongoing pain long after the accident occurs.
Symptoms of Whiplash
The most obvious symptoms of whiplash are pain in your neck and head, as well as stiffness. You might have tenderness and pain throughout your back and shoulders as well, where they are connected to your neck. Sometimes, headaches may occur. Along with the pain, you might also feel a tingling throughout your arms. Fatigue and dizziness are also possible. It is important to get checked for whiplash after a car accident. Otherwise, you might end up dealing with unnecessary pain and suffering until you can figure out what is wrong.
Chiropractors Treat Whiplash
An auto accident chiropractor starts the treatment by giving you a full examination. Once we know the extent of the damage, we can use an array of techniques to relieve your pain and stiffness. If the spine is out of alignment, a spinal adjustment can be quite helpful. We may also use massage to loosen the muscles and relieve stiffness. The increased blood flow after the treatment will promote faster healing. We will choose the best options to treat your pain and prevent it from returning.
How to Manage Whiplash Pain at Home
While regular appointments with an auto injury chiropractor are important in managing your pain, you need to be comfortable between appointments. Dr. Stoetzel will provide you with tips for this. If we recommend physical therapy exercises, do them regularly. Gentle stretching can also make the muscles more pliable while relieving your pain. You can also use heat and ice to decrease pain and increase flexibility as you rest your muscles.
Contact Our Chiropractor in Lemont, IL
After a car accident, sports injury, or other physical trauma, you should work with a chiropractor to treat your whiplash. At Stoetzel’s Planet Chiropractic in Lemont, we are here to provide the natural and effective care you need. Call our team today at (630) 257-8700 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.