Being in a car accident is a very difficult situation on a number of levels. Your pain is sometimes secondary to the aftermath of having your car at the mechanic as well as the stress of dealing with your insurance and potentially missing work.
While you are in a hurry to get your car fixed and back to normal activities, make sure to see your chiropractor before you make any major decisions. There could be underlying injuries that a minor stiff neck is not allowing you to uncover. A car accident is a major event and the trauma that comes from them could be significant.
Chiropractors are specialists in soft and hard tissue problems including the results that could come from the trauma from a car accident. Make sure you see your chiropractor to get a full examination.
Whiplash is a painful neck condition commonly associated with auto accidents. It involves the neck moving rapidly back and forth, and it can cause chronic pain if left untreated. At Santiago Family Chiropractic in Gun Barrel City, TX, we offer some great whiplash rehabilitation services. Dr. Angel Santiago has helped countless patients improve their whiplash symptoms and recovery correctly.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a painful condition that results from rapid acceleration and deceleration of the neck, such as what is seen when a car gets hit from behind. This rapid motion can strain or damage muscles, nerves, ligaments, and discs in the neck. When a severe case is left untreated, it may permanently limit the range of motion as well as leave the unfortunate victim with chronic pain. Whiplash symptoms include neck pain and stiffness, shoulder pain, dizziness, numbness, and concentration problems. Whiplash commonly comes with a concussion, so if you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to visit a doctor promptly. At Santiago Family Chiropractic of Gun Barrel City, TX, Dr. Santiago's mission is to help rehabilitate people with whiplash and other conditions with the healing power of chiropractic.
How can whiplash be treated?
There are a variety of great treatment options to improve acute and chronic whiplash symptoms. Immediately following an injury, it's wise to apply ice, as well as reduce movement and inflammation as much as possible. In severe cases, the doctor may recommend a cervical collar, although in the long term, we don’t want the neck muscles to atrophy from underuse. In other situations, rest, physiotherapy, traction, or chiropractic manipulation may be recommended. At your initial consultation with Dr. Santiago, he'll confirm whether you have whiplash, explain what to expect during recovery, and design a treatment plan that best fits your unique needs. As previously mentioned, if you suspect you have sustained a whiplash injury, it's important to see a doctor quickly. If it is a severe case, continuing life as normal may cause further damage.
If you'd like to learn more about how Santiago Family Chiropractic of Gun Barrel City, TX, can help with your whiplash pain, contact us today! Our team is on standby to answer any questions and help you schedule an initial consultation. Just call us at (972) 956-8297, or schedule an appointment with Dr. Santiago online at this link. We look forward to hearing from you!