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Whiplash

Dr. Fred and Dr. Kathleen at Deutsch Chiropractic have been treating whiplash cases for decades.

A typical scenario: you’re sitting at a stop light on Hwy 212 and all of a sudden, WAM, someone hits you from behind at 35 mph.  The force from the collision whips your head backward and then forward. Watertown’s finest arrives and you’re transported to the Emergency Room, complete with X-rays and muscle relaxers. You’re told no bones are broken and you’re released.

But then the next morning rolls around and the pain is so bad you can’t get out of bed.

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The moral of the story is soft tissue injuries don’t show up on x-ray, but they are very real.  A car travelling at even slow speeds can generate tremendous force on a person’s neck,  resulting in stretched, torn or sprained muscles and ligaments — and lots of pain.

 

What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

Injuries can range from mild to very severe. Injuries tend to be more significant with higher speed collisions or when the other vehicle in the collision is much larger that yours.

Common symptoms are:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder, upper back, and arm pain
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain when turning the head
  • Inability to move or turn the head fully
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, and fingers
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty sleeping

Chiropractic Care

Because the majority of whiplash incidents impact the spine and the surrounding nerves and tissues, chiropractic care is an excellent avenue for treatment. Both Dr. Fred and Dr. Kathleen have received advanced whiplash-related training and are skilled in assessing the source of the pain associated with the condition injury and determining a plan for effective treatment.

Whiplash-related treatments at Deutsch Chiropractic are gentle, soothing and clinically proven to reduce pain and improve mobility. Through small adjustments, therapeutic exercise such as McKenzie and Medx protocols, soft tissue and muscular relaxation techniques and other methods, most people find great relief from the pain associated with whiplash.

Discover How Chiropractic Can Help You

Dr. Fred and Dr. Kathleen have decades of experience treating soft tissue injures due to whiplash. Call our team today at Deutsch Chiropractic Clinic to help you recover.

References For Whiplash

  • The Treatment of Neck Pain-Associated Disorders and Whiplash-Associated Disorders: A Clinical Practice Guideline. See comment in PubMed Commons belowJ Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2016 Oct;39(8):523-564.e27. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2016.08.007
  • Is exercise effective for the management of neck pain and associated disorders or whiplash-associated disorders? A systematic review by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24534390
  • Are manual therapies, passive physical modalities, or acupuncture effective for the management of patients with whiplash-associated disorders or neck pain and associated disorders? An update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders by the OPTIMa collaboration. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26707074