Whiplash Treatment Beaverton Oregon:
Whiplash is an injury to the neck muscles from rapid forward and backward motion of the neck caused by a trauma (eg, a car accident). It can cause acute (short-term) neck pain as well as restricted movement in your neck.
Because it is such a commonplace injury, many people think it is simply something to be expected when they are involved in an accident. As a result, they fail to seek proper treatment for their pain. It is important to make plans to obtain effective and accessible treatment of whiplash for your pain and injury.
There are two types of injury:
- Typical cervical hyperextension injuries occur in drivers/passengers of a stationary or slow-moving vehicle that is struck from behind. The person’s body is thrown forwards but the head lags, resulting in hyperextension of the neck. When the head and neck have reached maximum extension, the neck then snaps into flexion.
- A rapid deceleration injury throws the head forwards and flexes the cervical spine. The chin limits forward flexion but the forward movement may be sufficient to cause longitudinal distraction and neurological damage. Hyperextension may occur in the subsequent recoil.
What causes whiplash?
Whiplash can happen at any time. You could get hurt playing high impact sports such as football, gymnastics, or boxing, or you could slip and fall in a work-related injury.
Whiplash occurs when your neck is forcefully thrown in a fast movement beyond the normal range. It causes vertebrae, spinal discs, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and causes neck soft tissues injury.
In the event of physical abuse or assault whiplash often occurs. The impact of being punched or shaken results in spraining your neck or upper back. Whiplash is the main injury encountered in shaken baby syndrome. However, rear-end collisions are the most common reasons for a person to have whiplash. The impact of a car accident typically jerks the people inside of the vehicle causing neck pain.
Whiplash typically occurs when a person’s head is forcefully and quickly thrown backward and then forward over-stretching the ligaments and muscles.
The harsh movement can injure bones in the spine, discs, ligaments, muscles, nerves and other tissues of the neck and upper back. The neck is extremely vulnerable to this they of injury because of its ability to move in so many directions.
How can a chiropractor help with whiplash?
- Spinal Manipulation: A spinal manipulation, or chiropractic adjustment, positions misaligned neck joints back into their proper location. In the case of an aggravated or bulging disc, a chiropractor may employ a flexion-distraction technique.
- Soft Tissue Therapies: Because soft tissue is damaged during a whiplash injury, stretching and applying pressure to said tissue and muscles can reduce tension.
- Trigger Point Therapy: A chiropractor can identify affected spinal joints for a gentle thrusting technique designed to restore joint motion. This process also stimulates the nervous system and can alleviate muscle tension.
- McKenzie Exercises: A McKenzie exercise can help a patient take an active role in their recovery through simple movements at home. These movements are designed to reduce disc derangement caused by a whiplash injury.
- Stabilization/Sensorimotor Activities: These activities set out to correct faulty movement patterns at work or home. These treatments can train the nervous system to improve movement patterns and exhibit better control over general coordination. They also strengthen neck muscles to strengthen neck stability.
- Specific Spinal Manipulation: Effective Integrative Healthcare performs thousands of spinal manipulation procedures each year. When it comes to whiplash, our chiropractors need to be more precise. Specific spinal manipulation allows us to do so.
- Interferential Electrical Stimulation: As medical science has accepted interferential electrical stimulation as an effective treatment for whiplash, our chiropractors have used it with increasing success. Using low-frequency electrical stimulation to decrease pain, swelling, and inflammation while increasing circulation and range of motion.
- Joint Stretching manual therapy: Physical therapy can work wonders in reducing the effects of whiplash in our patients. Our chiropractors and physical therapists can teach you joint gentle stretches and exercises that help to rejuvenate your spine, reduce whiplash-induced pain, inflammation, and loss of motion.
- Therapeutic Massage: After a auto accident or injury, whiplash results in an overall tightness throughout your body. Massage therapy delivers numerous benefits to patients suffering from whiplash. We can help work some of the tight spots out of your back and put you on the path to recovery.
- Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Therapy: We use state-of-the-art technology to stimulate the soft tissue around your neck, shoulders, and upper back. This technique has been proven to be effective in “teaching” your muscles and soft tissue to heal. Ask our chiropractors about our instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy.
- Instrument-Assisted Manipulation: In addition to instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy, Effective Integrative Healthcare chiropractors perform instrument-assisted manipulation. Similar to the spine adjustment therapy we perform every day, instrument-assisted manipulation is designed to realign your spin where it should be. Our equipment affords our chiropractors greater accuracy and preciseness.
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