Westport Chiropractic and Acupuncture, our team of chiropractors and
acupuncturists has helped many people treat the pain and dysfunction related to whiplash. This condition, while common after auto
accidents, can occur in a variety of incidents, and may not
reveal symptoms until weeks or months later. Our staff combines
complementary holistic approaches to resolve your symptoms and help
you avoid long-term issues.
What Really Happens With Whiplash
Neck strain is another term for whiplash. In a car crash or slip and fall accident, your neck can quickly and forcefully snap back and forth. This powerful movement can stretch, strain, and ultimately damage the many tissues in your cervical spine, including muscles, discs, tendons, nerves, joints, and ligaments.
Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash leads to symptoms including neck pain, neck stiffness, arm and shoulder numbness, headaches, and jaw pain. These symptoms will often show up immediately after the incident which causes the initial injury. For some people, however, they may not notice any dysfunction until weeks or months later. This can happen if high levels of stress hormones (released during trauma) block pain signals in the body until they return to their normal resting levels.
The takeaway here is not to assume you're injury-free even if you feel "fine" after a car accident. Hidden injury and inflammation could be present even without your awareness.
Whiplash Diagnosis and Management with a Chiropractor in Westport CT
If you've been in an accident, we encourage you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible with a chiropractor in Westport. We can diagnose whiplash even if you don't have symptoms yet, by testing for things like muscle tension, posture, and areas of mobility limitations. Following diagnosis, we can initiate treatment:
- Acupuncture stimulates healing biological processes that help release tension in the body
- Chiropractic adjustment realign subluxed joints for optimal tissue healing and re-calibrate the nervous system to minimize pain signaling
- Cold laser therapy (Theralase) uses light to modulate cells and stimulate tissue healing
- Non-surgical spinal decompression can alleviate pressure on spinal nerve roots being pinched by misaligned joints or injured discs
Are You Experiencing Whiplash Symptoms?
If you are looking for a Westport chiro who can help you recover from your uncomfortable whiplash symptoms, contact Westport Chiropractic and Acupuncture at (203)-227-4474. Scheduling an appointment with us is easy and it is the first step to treating your discomfort.