If you were recently involved in a car accident, chances are you sustained whiplash since this injury can happen from a collision at just 5 mph. But did you know that this neck injury can also be caused from carnival rides or impact sports? If you are suffering from neck pain caused by whiplash, seek treatment with the expert chiropractic care at the Cafe of Life in Longmont as soon as possible to avoid long-term effects.
Whiplash, or cervical acceleration-deceleration injury, happens when force pushes your trunk forward at the same time as your chin thrusts down, causing your neck to twist into an unnatural S-shape. Damage occurs when the neck muscles, ligaments and tendons are strained against opposing forces, resulting in misalignment of the vertebrae and irritation to the connecting nerves.
Whiplash symptoms can appear immediately after injury, or several days, weeks or even months later.
Symptoms of Whiplash that Can Be Treated with Chiropractic Care
- Impairment of neck mobility
- Neck pain or swelling
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty swallowing
- Blurred vision
- Tingling in the arms or hands
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, or have recently experienced an extreme force to your neck, seek proper diagnosis and treatment right away to prevent permanent damage. Even if you don’t think you were injured in an auto accident, don’t delay a professional evaluation- immediate treatment of neck impairment or pain is best for your long-term health. Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont can treat whiplash with her expert chiropractic care, and restore your neck function and overall health quickly without drugs or surgery!
Do you suffer from numbness and tingling in your hand, arm or shoulder area? It is possible you are suffering from a condition called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Symptoms are pain in the neck and shoulder, and aching, numbness, and tingling in the arm and hand. This issue can stem from a past or current trauma to the area such as a car accident, whiplash injury, or fall. It can also present during pregnancy. Repetitive motions from work or sports can also cause these symptoms.
It is important that you are examined by a doctor of chiropractic to rule out other causes of these symptoms such as carpal tunnel syndrome and a pinched nerve in the neck. Medications and rest are not effective treatments.
So what exactly is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome? It is commonly described as a compression of the nerves and blood vessels that run from the neck into the arms. This compression can occur in several different areas of the neck and/or shoulder. The most common place of compression is between the collar bone and the first rib. As chiropractors, we are trained to check and adjust the first rib and collar bone to help reduce the compression.
The best way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome is with massage and chiropractic. Both massage and chiropractic together will solve the problem much faster than each would separately. Make an appointment to get a checkup with your Longmont chiropractor, to ensure there is nothing else contributing to the issue. Your chiropractor will determine a course of treatment that will best suit your needs. Chiropractic adjustments to the spine, ribs, and collar bone will help free the compression. Massage will help to release the tight muscles and scar tissue that may be causing the compression.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms contact the Café of Life Chiropractic and Massage studio in Longmont today.