Understanding injury mechanics, as well as whiplash therapy, is an essential matter for motor vehicle drivers and passengers in Salt Lake City. The great forces occurring when the head is thrown forward suddenly in a moving vehicle is known to cause injury to soft tissue, connective tissue and bone. In some instances, symptoms of dysfunction are evident immediately.
In other cases, the full effect of the event arises many months or even years afterward. This type of injury to the neck may lead to other problems in the spine and may also persist for many years and develop into a chronic condition.
How can chiropractors help you deal with and manage whiplash injury?
Learning about risks
Preventive methods and risk management are important aspects of medical management and rehabilitation. The right recommendations can save you and your loved ones a world of pain. A serious neck injury awaits drivers and passengers seated with car headrests that are too low. In terms of severity of potential injury in a car accident, a seat that is reclined at an obtuse angle predisposes the occupant to graver circumstances. Other confounding factors pointing to greater severity of injury are advanced age, poor sitting posture, poorly-fitted seatbelts, and pre-existing health issues.
The diagnostic process
Chiropractic practitioners are trained to examine the spine as a whole, which means that trauma to the neck involved assessment of the entirety of the spine. Expect this on your visit. The chiropractor will determine the presence of joint restriction, spasm, sprain, strain, and any abnormality of the intervertebral disc. The diagnostic process may involve additional tests if there is a reason to suspect nerve-related problems.
Management of symptoms
Chiropractors manage symptoms of neck pain, headache, shoulder and arm pain, low back pain, vertigo and dizziness, blurred vision, numbness and tingling accordingly. Fortunately, studies support the efficacy of chiropractic adjustments and manipulation in pain relief among persons with whiplash injury.
Perhaps this is the best time to consult with a chiropractic practitioner, before your symptoms worsen, and render you unable to function fully in daily life.