A car accident can be scary, especially if you are involved in a rear ending accident.  The sudden motion of being hit by another automobile can cause serious injury, including whiplash.  This common auto accident injury is easily treatable by a chiropractor.  Below, let's take a closer look at this injury and learn how a chiropractor can help.

What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a common injury sustained in an auto accident.  This injury typically occurs in a rear-ending accident when the head and neck are suddenly jerked forward and back again.  The sudden jerking motion can strain and sprain the neck muscles and soft tissues.  An injury results when the soft tissues are extended beyond their normal range of motion.  

What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

The most common symptom of whiplash is pain.  Often, whiplash patients do not even feel the pain in their necks until 24 hours after the accident.  The pain can be a dull ache which radiates from the neck, to the shoulders, and even down to the arms.  People with whiplash may experience a reduced range of motion, finding their neck is stiff when they try to look side to side, or move their heads up and down.  In extreme cases of whiplash, people report having a headache or migraine, sensitivity to light, or dizziness and nausea.  Most of the time, whiplash symptoms only last a few weeks. If symptoms continue to persist, medical attention may be required.

How Can a Chiropractor Help?

Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasive medicine that works to restore balance to the body.  When the structure of the spine is aligned with the neuromuscular system, your body is pain and symptom free.  Often, following an auto accident, the body is out of alignment which can cause undue stress to parts of the body.  Using a variety of techniques a chiropractor is able to restore balance.  A chiropractor may use manual manipulation, strengthening and stretching exercises, physical therapy, moist heat, or even hydrotherapy.  Working with your doctor you will be able to create a custom treatment plan to help reduce pain in your neck.

Being in an auto accident is scary enough, but dealing with an injury can be tough.  At Bowman Chiropractic Center we are here to help you find a treatment plan that works.  Our entire team is caring, knowledgeable, and experienced with whiplash injuries.  Our office is centrally located at 1211 N Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22201.  To learn more about the services we offer, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (703) 528-2726.

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