Man suffering from whiplash after accident

An accident or an injury can be a life-changing event. In some cases, the effects can be long-lasting and may affect more than one part of your body. If you’ve been in an accident while driving in Lehi and sustained a personal injury like whiplash, come to our Orem office for chiropractic treatment.

At Foundation Chiropractic, we help you get relief from your injury and its symptoms. Moreover, in the tradition of chiropractic, we do so without opioids and other drugs which may produce harmful and unwanted side effects.

Dr. Jeff Brown and Dr. Scott Harris understand that the human body is more than a collection of parts and that healing involves more than simply relieving your symptoms. Our doctors work with you to identify and address the problem, and any other areas of your body that may have been impacted. Professional, holistic care is the hallmark of chiropractic; our team treats your overall health, not just your injury. We also talk with you about other health issues which may affect your quality of life. We work with your insurance company to help you maximize your benefits.

You don’t have to endure the pain; we’re here to help relieve your symptoms and more. Come to us, and let’s begin the gentle, natural process of restoring your body to optimal health. Together, we can help you to enjoy a life free of pain.

If you have suffered an injury or had an accident in Orem, Utah, or the surrounding area, call us at 801-226-2606. Our office is available for consultation Monday to Friday.

Picture this: You are sitting in your car at a stop light, calmly waiting for it to turn green. Then suddenly, a car hits you from behind. The impact isn’t massive; there’s only a minor dent in the rear end of your vehicle, and you didn’t have any cuts or bruises. You feel relieved that you can walk away from the accident unharmed. But a few weeks later, you notice persistent pain and tenderness in your neck. You think it’s just a stiff neck, but when you go to the doctor, you find out it is more than that — you have a whiplash injury.

You might think whiplash injury is only caused by high-speed, rear-end collisions. But even collisions that occur at speeds as low as 5 mph may result in whiplash, and it can happen even if you are wearing a seat belt.

In our Orem office, we’ve seen many patients experience neck pain and stiffness after they were in an auto accident. Many of them didn’t realize they got a whiplash injury until weeks or months later, when their symptoms became persistent and even led to other serious health issues.

How Does Whiplash Injury Happen?

Whiplash injury can happen in two ways. The first is when the head and neck are suddenly thrown forward or backward because of the initial impact of the collision. The second is when your body overcompensates for the accelerated movement of your head by forcing it in the opposite direction. In both cases, the sudden motion of your head — or “whiplash” — can tear the ligaments in the neck and may shift the bones out of position, causing stiffness, pain and discomfort in the neck, shoulders and upper back.

But getting in a car collision isn’t the sole cause of a whiplash injury. It can also come from playing contact sports such as football, or from a head trauma. If you are in an incident, go to the hospital for a medical evaluation and then keep watch for specific symptoms.

Which Symptoms Should You Look Out For?

Whiplash injuries can range from mild to severe, depending on the level of impact. They can also be more significant if your car seat’s headrest was positioned too low. So even if the impact of the collision seemed mild, be on the lookout for the following symptoms:

• Pain in the neck, shoulders or upper back
• Limited range of motion of the neck
• Persistent tenderness and stiffness in the neck
• Headaches
• Dizziness
• Constant ringing in the ears
• Blurred vision

Will Whiplash Go Away on its Own?

Although initial symptoms of whiplash may go away on their own over time, some whiplash injuries may lead to years of nagging pain. But here’s the good news: patients in Lehi stand a good chance of recovery through chiropractic care. If you live in or near Lehi, you can count on our office to provide professional, holistic treatment for your whiplash injury. Our chiropractic methods help relieve your symptoms and improve your overall health.

Our office serves patients living in Orem, Lehi and the surrounding areas. Book a consultation today.