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Posted on 09-20-2017

Whiplash Symptoms and Treatment From Your Hoover Chiropractor

Whiplash (cervical acceleration-deceleration or CAD), describes severe neck and upper back pain due to injury to muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the neck. When an abrupt, powerful jolt to the body causes the neck to be thrust forward or backward beyond its normal motion range, ligaments and muscles are strained, pulled or even torn. Your Hoover chiropractor frequently diagnoses auto accident victims with whiplash but falling, blows to your head, and playing contact sports can also cause whiplash. 

whiplash symptoms and treatments from your hoover chiropractor

Recognizing Whiplash Symptoms

Whiplash symptoms may not emerge for hours or even days after you suffer an auto, work or sports injury. Your immune system cannot respond immediately to soft tissue micro tears until inflammation reaches peak level. That's why it is important to get chiropractic treatment in Hoover as soon as possible following an accident involving extreme flexion and extension of your neck.

Signs of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain, swelling, and stiffness (inability to turn your head without pain)
  • Muscle spasms in the back and front of the neck (spasms affect back of the shoulders as well)
  • Headaches and/or migraines
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Problems chewing and speaking due to jaw stiffness and tightness
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness and tingling in the shoulders, arms, and hands
  • Cognitive issues (difficulty concentrating, forgetting things more than usual)
  • Depression and anxiety

Neglecting whiplash nearly always results in worsening of symptoms and, in some cases, development of chronic pain that becomes permanent.

Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash

Manipulation and adjustment of the top four vertebrae (cervical spine) are one of the most common chiropractic techniques used to relieve whiplash pain and promote healing of injured soft tissues. Adjustments for whiplash also alleviate headaches, sleep disturbances, fatigue and other symptoms attributed to whiplash. In addition, chiropractic massage aids in decreasing pain, eliminating muscle spasms and restoring normal functioning to your neck, upper back, and shoulders.

Contact Hoover Health and Wellness Center Today!

Don't wait until whiplash symptoms affect your quality of life. Schedule an appointment today at our Hoover Health and Wellness Center by calling 205-989-4114. 

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