Treating Whiplash with Lundgren Chiropractic in Chandler, AZ
No one expects to be in a car accident and when it happens, you can be left in pain and wondering what to do next. Whiplash is one of the most common conditions caused by a car accident -- even those that occur at low speeds -- and can make the days, weeks, and even months after the collision difficult. If you have whiplash, don't wait to be seen by a chiropractor or pain management physician at Lundgren Chiropractic in Chandler, AZ.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are suddenly "whipped" back and forth during the impact of a car accident. The neck muscles, tendons, and vertebrae are overextended beyond their normal capacity, which can cause a great deal of pain that in some cases can be slower to develop.
Why Whiplash Needs to Be Treated Immediately
When symptoms of whiplash are slow to develop, it can lead people to believe they don't need to seek treatment. However, this is a misconception and whiplash should be treated as soon as possible to achieve the best outcome. Once whiplash occurs, the muscles and tendons in the neck often become stiff and store. Range of motion can become limited, making daily tasks like working, driving, and completing housework extremely difficult. In severe cases, disc injury can occur that can result in radiation of pain into an extremity which can be debilitating.
The purpose of immediate treatment of whiplash is to regain range of motion and reduce pain as quickly as possible. While whiplash does typically resolve over time with treatment, in rare cases it can result in chronic pain, including migraines. Addressing whiplash right away can help reduce the risk of long-term effects.
How a Chiropractor Can Treat Whiplash
Traditional Western medicine treats whiplash much like they treat lower back pain – which includes rest, ice, and often pain medication or muscle relaxers to dull symptoms. However, this does nothing to actually help the neck heal after being traumatized. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, focuses on gently bringing the muscles, tendons, and vertebrae in the neck back to homeostasis by restoring normal range of motion to the joints.
Schedule an Appointment with Lundgren Chiropractic in Chandler, AZ Today!
If you've been in a car accident and have suffered whiplash, don't hesitate to contact Lundgren Chiropractic in Chandler, AZ. We are also proud to serve the Gilbert and Mesa areas and have extended evening hours to accommodate your busy schedule. Contact us today by calling (480) 732-0442.