whiplash injury

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Many of our patients come to us here at Foundation Chiropractic in Orem for neck pain and back pain relief. Sometimes the cause is whiplash, but sometimes it’s another issue. How do you know if you have whiplash? The doctors at Foundation Chiropractic can help.

What Is a Whiplash Injury?

Whiplash is most basically a neck injury, but it can also cause back pain and other symptoms such as dizziness. Whiplash occurs when the head is “whipped” forcefully back and forth. This is usually due to a car accident, but a whiplash injury can result from other situations as well.

Some athletes seek whiplash treatment after suffering a sports injury. Football and boxing are the contact sports most closely associated with whiplash injuries, although the issue is not uncommon among skiers, snowboarders and ice skaters as well.

Whiplash injuries can also occur after a fight or assault. The victim may suffer whiplash if the perpetrator punches them in the face, snapping their head back violently, or if they are shaken hard. But it is possible to get whiplash simply from falling too.

Symptoms of a Whiplash Injury

The most common symptom of a whiplash injury is neck pain. The pain may be severe, and your ability to move your head up and down or back and forth may be compromised. You may also have pain in your head, shoulders and back or numbness and tingling in the extremities.

If you have this collection of symptoms but you have not been in an auto accident or suffered another type of trauma, you likely do not have whiplash. However, if you are in pain, you need help regardless of the cause, and you should still make an appointment with our chiropractors.

Whiplash Treatment

When patients come to us seeking whiplash treatment, we begin by asking them questions about the accident or the trauma they suffered. Next, we do an examination to determine the location and severity of the pain. We will likely take X-rays as well, to determine if any bones are broken or fractured in your neck or spine.

If you suffered your whiplash injury very recently and are in a lot of pain, there is likely to still be significant swelling. Our first goal is to reduce this swelling, which should then relieve at least some of the pain.

If we determine that muscle tightness and injury are contributing to your pain, we may employ some gentle stretches or we may apply pressure to trigger points to help relieve this pain. Once the swelling has subsided sufficiently, we may perform a chiropractic manipulation.

We also may give you exercises to do at home, and we’ll provide advice for restricting activities with the goal of minimizing pain.

Neck Pain Relief

For neck pain relief from a whiplash injury or any other source, make an appointment with the chiropractors at Foundation Chiropractic. We provide back pain treatment and neck pain treatment for patients throughout the Orem and Lehi areas without the use of dangerous pharmaceuticals. Contact us today.