Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Treating Injuries | 0 comments

Seeing a Chiropractor for Whiplash

Whiplash can occur at any time there is a sudden trauma to the back and neck and while the symptoms can be similar, each individual case is different and therefore no two chiropractic treatments for whiplash will necessarily be the same. The proper treatment is typically determined in the initial chiropractic exam.

While it’s true that no cases are treated the same, most chiropractors will use similar methods of treatment when it comes to whiplash. It can be any one or combination of any of the following:

  1. Spinal Manipulation: This can also be called a chiropractic adjustment and involves treating joints that aren’t functioning properly. The procedure will involve manipulating the joints that are restricted from moving in the direction it is naturally supposed to.
  2. Muscle Relaxation/Stimulation: This method of treatment consists of the chiropractor doing a series of gentle stretches directly to the muscle or muscles most affected. With this method, if the muscle is extremely tight, more vigorous stretching may be applied and gentle pressure by the fingers may also be applied to certain trigger points to help relieve an overly tight muscle.
  3. Special Exercises: Chiropractors will often prescribe a series of special exercises for their patients to try – exercises like McKenzie Exercises which are used specifically to reduce disc injury as a direct result from whiplash. These exercises are just a series of simple movements that can be done right in the chiropractor’s office and then done as part of a self-care routine at home. This allows patients to adopt a more active role in their recovery – which often helps speed up the process. Other types of exercises include stabilization and/or sensorimotor exercises that are helpful for faulty movement patterns. These types of exercises also help strengthen neck muscles damaged during whiplash.
  4. Ergonomic and/or Lifestyle Changes: Your chiropractor may recommend this regardless of the extent of your pain and condition and can include exercises and treatments that help improve function of everyday activities.

Even if you have been to a chiropractor before, each injury can be different and it’s important to treat each injury as such. Trying to self-diagnosis and treat without being seen by your chiropractor can make a bad situation worse.

Until next time this is Dr. Kevin Khalili, DC


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