You were sitting patiently at a red light on your way home from work one day when suddenly you heard the screeching of tires behind you. Before you could register what was happening, your head and arms flew out in front of you and flopped back again like a ragdoll. As you sit in a moment of shock, you realize you’ve just been rear-ended.
What comes next is a series of events that many know all too well. The swapping of insurance, calling law enforcement, potentially a tow truck. You’re getting your vehicle taken care of, but what about your body? You aren’t bleeding or bruised, so you couldn’t be that hurt, could you? The fact is that in an auto accident like the one you’ve just experienced, your head being jerked back and forth that quickly causes neck strain, also called whiplash.
Symptoms Of Whiplash
As the adrenaline from the auto accident wears off, you begin to feel the effects of the impact. Your neck is tight, you are unable to move it, and it starts to hurt. You feel more pain as you turn your head from side to side or move it forward and backward. It even hurts to look over your shoulder.
Your neck may be tender to the touch and you start to feel your muscles harden and become knotted. On top of all of this, you’re experiencing a headache that starts at the base of your skull and travels toward your forehead.
These symptoms may come on quickly or take several days to develop, but you should visit a doctor immediately to make sure you haven’t sustained any other serious injuries.
Chiropractic Care And Other Treatment
Whiplash can heal on its own over time, but there are treatment options available to help move the healing process along. At Elevate Chiropractic, we offer an extensive consultation and evaluation to personalize your chiropractic care plan. We even perform X-rays if we believe it will help us find the source of your pain.
The goal of whiplash treatment is to control the pain, restore the range of motion in your neck, and get you back to a state of health where you can resume normal activities without any discomfort or restrictions.
While chiropractic care is a great treatment option to help you recover from your auto accident as quickly as possible, there are things you can be doing on your own to help manage the pain. These treatments include:
- Resting: in the first 24 hours after your accident, resting can help your body relax and begin the healing process.
- Applying a hot or cold compress: To reduce swelling, you can apply a cold compress for 15 minutes up to six times a day. Once the swelling has gone down, you can apply a hot pad to help relax the muscles. Do this for 15 minutes at a time for up to six times a day.
- Taking over-the-counter or prescription pain reliever: Depending on the severity of your pain, taking either of these will help manage the discomfort.
- Doing light exercises/stretches:
- Rotate your neck in both directions
- Tilt your head from side to side
- Bend your neck toward your chest
- Roll your shoulders
Treat For As Long As Necessary
After your accident, your symptoms will continue to change as your whiplash develops and heals or other injuries begin to present themselves. At Elevate Chiropractic, we care about your health as a whole, which is why we personalize each chiropractic care plan to the individual. It’s important to continue seeking care for as long as you’re experiencing pain, discomfort, and decreased range of motion. If you’ve recently been in a car accident in Greenville and are looking for treatment options, contact Elevate Chiropractic to schedule a consultation.