Whiplash

Whiplash Specialist
Whiplash can occur from different types of accidents, though it is most commonly associated with car accidents. Carlton Chiropractic can treat whiplash for patients in and around Manassas, Virginia.

Whiplash Q & A

Carlton Chiropractic

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is the result of the head suddenly snapping back and forth from the impact of an accident, most often an automobile accident where the car gets rear-ended by another vehicle. It is a form of trauma best described by the rapid movements associated with whiplash that can injure the vertebrae of the neck as well as the muscles and ligaments that support them. During a rear-end automobile collision, your body goes through an extremely rapid and intense acceleration and deceleration. This sudden and forceful movement causes substantial damage to the vertebrae, nerves, discs, muscles, and ligaments of your neck and spine.

What are the signs of whiplash?

Signs and symptoms of whiplash are usually evident within 24 hours of the injury and may include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Worsening of pain with neck movement
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
  • Tenderness or pain in shoulder, upper back, or arms
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Depression

How can Carlton Chiropractic help whiplash?

The damage from whiplash can become chronic over time, which can erode a patient's quality of life. Chiropractic techniques and skills are particularly well-suited to relieving the neck pain and other debilitating effects caused by whiplash. Spinal adjustments, spinal decompression, and soft tissue therapies are all beneficial for the following reasons after sustaining whiplash:

  • Restores movement lost after the accident
  • Allows the patient to overcome muscle weakness
  • Enhances muscle tone
  • Relieves pain and muscle stiffness
  • Relieves headaches caused by muscle tension
  • Speeds recovery
  • Diminishes chronic symptoms that can persist or recur over many years

To learn more about Carlton Chiropractic’s complete care for whiplash and other injuries, please contact the office today.

 

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Carlton Chiropractic
8805 Sudley Road
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Manassas, VA 20110