Whiplash – Mt Eliza, Frankston, Mornington, Somerville, Baxter
Mt Eliza Family Chiropractic Clinic provides care for whiplash to the local Mt Eliza, Frankston, Mornington, Baxter and Somerville communities.
A whiplash neck sprain may occur when your head is suddenly jolted backwards and forwards in a whip-like movement and are often the result of motor car accidents. These movements generate considerable force, typically causing the neck to move far beyond the normal range of movement and causes damage to the delicate supporting structures of the neck. Whiplash is effectively a sprain of the joints in the neck – Chiropractors refer to this as a vertebral subluxation.
Whiplash can also commonly result from sporting injuries that cause similar stress to the neck joints, ligaments, muscles and discs.
Who gets whiplash neck sprains?
Whiplash neck sprains are common. About 2 in 3 people involved in car accidents develop neck pain (with or without other injuries). Many people are surprised with the onset of neck pain following even minor car accidents some hours following the accident. It is important to note that even minor car bumps can cause enough whipping of the neck to cause symptoms. Less commonly, whiplash can result from everyday mishaps such as jolting your neck when you trip or fall.
Whilst the symptoms of whiplash will vary, the following represent the most frequently noticed effects of whiplash.
- Pain in the neck
- Head feels too heavy for the neck
- Reduced neck movement
- Neck stiffness
- Pain into the shoulders and arms
- Tingling in the arms and fingers
- Dizziness, headache, blurred vision and pain on swallowing
- Irritability and difficult to concentrate
Chiropractic care initially consists of a thorough history, orthopaedic, neurological and spinal examination to determine the exact location of your neck pain. Diagnostic imaging such as X-ray, CT or MRI scans may also be required to fully assess any damage.
Treatment consists of reducing pain and inflammation and stabilising your neck to prevent further damage. Ice is perhaps the best natural anti-inflammatory modality and it is also very soothing when your neck is painful.
If you are able to support your head and neck, it is especially important to keep your neck mobile rather than immobilising it in a soft cervical collar. Studies have shown that you are more likely to make a quicker recovery if you do regular neck exercises, and keep your neck active rather than resting it for long periods in a collar.
As your pain decreases, and your stability improves, your chiropractor will massage and gently adjust your spine to help improve your neck function and reduce nerve pressure.
Some other helpful advice is to avoid poor neck posture during your daily routine and to use a firm supporting contoured pillow when sleeping.
Whiplash may respond very well to Chiropractic care, with many people experiencing improvement from their chiropractic care.
Please call us for you comprehensive whiplash assessment. We look forward to hearing from you!