Have you been involved in a car accident? Did you know that a minor car accident can cause a degenerative process to begin in your neck? Even if you were in a car accident and thought that you were not injured, the damage of a whiplash to the soft tissues in your neck can later lead to chronic neck pain, neck stiffness, and chronic headaches. Whiplash is defined in the medical dictionary as a sudden, moderate-to-severe strain affecting the bones, discs, muscles, nerves, or tendons of the neck. Your neck may have just felt stiff for a couple days following the accident, however the soft tissue damage was done. This damage can lead to a condition known as degenerative disc disease, and unless this is caught and treated early, can lead to permanent dysfunction of the neck, nerve symptoms, arm & wrist pain and eventually neck surgery.

Chiropractic care is the treatment of choice for soft-tissue injuries like whiplash. Studies have shown that victims of car accidents have reported better results and longer lasting relief when treated with chiropractic, as compared with traditional medical care. Medical doctors are able to prescribe muscle relaxants and pain killers, but these only treat the symptoms of whiplash, and not the neck injury. After x-rays rule out fracture, chiropractors are able use therapeutic modalities to reduce swelling and decrease pain, and apply gentle chiropractic adjustments to improve joint function. Immediate treatment stops the degenerative process in its tracks. If you have any questions or have been injured in a car accident, don’t wait until you have neck pain, contact our office for chiropractic care.

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