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Whiplash Treatment FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Whiplash

Neck pain after accidentWhiplash is a serious condition that causes serious discomfort for many of our patients. Dr. Kelch at Absolute Wellness in Peoria, IL, provides treatment for whiplash. Let’s take a look at some of the questions that we run into regarding whiplash.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury affecting the neck and the tissues surrounding it. While many people associate whiplash with an auto accident injury, the condition is also associated with workplace accidents, sports injuries, and falls. The result of whiplash is often serious pain and discomfort caused by hyperextension and hyperflexion. A vehicle does not have to be moving fast for you to experience this condition.

How Does Whiplash Damage the Body?

Whiplash affects the neck, back, and shoulders. Whiplash can cause dislocation of the vertebrae, herniated discs, strained muscles, and pinched nerves. You should see a doctor to get checked out for additional injuries.

What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

The symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Stiff neck
  • Pain in the neck, back, and shoulders
  • Low mobility
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Facial and jaw pain
  • Confusion
  • Sleep issues, like insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Vision problems

Keep in mind that some symptoms may be delayed, not appearing for days or weeks after an auto accident injury or another accident.

What Treatment Options Are Available for Whiplash?

Chiropractic care is a great option to treat whiplash. Our chiropractor will align your cervical joints to improve your joint pain and flexibility. Other treatment options include spinal decompression therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, acupressure, and cold laser therapy. Many people find chiropractic care more effective than pain medication or surgery.

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