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When Life Cracks The Whip: Treatment For Whiplash

Whiplash is a universal term applied to injuries of the neck caused when the neck is suddenly and even violently jolted in one particular direction and then another creating a whip-like movement. In my hospital in The Woodlands, Texas, whiplash is most generally seen in folk concerned in vehicle accidents, but it could also happen from falls, sports injuries, work injuries, and other situations.

Whiplash injuries most frequently result in a sprain-strain of the neck. The ligaments that help support, protect, and constrain exorbitant movement of the vertebrae are damaged, which is referred to as a sprain. Ligaments called facet capsules, which are subject to whiplash injury, cover the joints in the back of the spine. In addition, the muscles and tendons are strained which means they are stretched beyond their ordinary limits.

Whiplash signs and symptoms often do not develop till two to forty-eight hours after the injury. The most common symptom of whiplash is discomfort and stiffness in the neck. Turning the head frequently makes the pain and pain worse. Headaches, particularly at the base of the skull, are also a typical symptom, and theses are seen in more than two thirds of patients. In addition, the pain and stiffness may extend down into the shoulders and arms, upper back, and even the higher chest.

One important treatment of whiplash involves the patient ensuring to stay active, unless there is some bad injury that requires immobilization. Patients shouldn't be scared to move and be active within reason. Your health practitioner will most likely prescribe exercises for whiplash or a stretching programme. It is particularly important to follow this program as prescribed, in order so you can achieve the best long-term benefits. Chiropractic manipulation and physical therapy are frequently used to help control pain and cut back the muscle spasm that results from whiplash injuries.

Additionally, a Chiropractic treatment programme will induce correct healing of the damaged ligaments and surrounding soft tissues. Other physical therapy modalities, eg electrical stimulation and/or ultrasound, may provide some short term relief. They ought to not, however, replace an active-care program of exercise, stretching, and Chiropractic or physical treatment treatment.

Dr. Andy Thomas of Village Chiropractic in the Woodlands, Texas goes in depth about whiplash and treatment for whiplash. Dr. Thomas describes effective, non-invasive procedures for caring for whiplash patients. Doctors of chiropractic treatment are particularly fitted to address and care for those with whiplash, and recognise the primary symptom of whiplash.

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