What exactly is whiplash? It is an injury to the neck that happens when the muscles of the neck are forced to over-extend during an accident, usually a rear-end collision. The muscles of the neck move in a similar way as the cracking of a whip, causing intense pain and muscle stiffness. It is not only car accidents that cause this. It can happen during a ride at an amusement park, a physical altercation, or an injury at a sporting event. The injury may have seemed minor, but can produce long-lasting issues. What symptoms should a person watch for?
- A stiff and painful neck
- Limited movement of neck muscles
- Pain in the arm and shoulder area
- Repetitive headaches
- Memory and concentration problems
What’s the Best Treatment?
Some feel they can treat their whiplash symptoms at home using ice and over-the-counter medication, hoping it will eventually go away. This is not the case. It is possible that when the accident occurred it caused the uppermost bone of the neck to move out of alignment. This can hinder blood and spinal fluid flow. Damage to the soft tissues and nerves has more-than-likely taken place as well. This will continue to cause pain long after the accident has happened if it is not treated by a professional. It is important to address this as soon as possible after the accident to prevent further damage from taking place.
Upper cervical chiropractors are specifically trained to evaluate and treat misalignments in the upper neck. We have seen much success in helping whiplash victims to recover. Each person is examined individually to see if they actually do have a misalignment. Then, a treatment plan is discussed. Adjustments given are very gentle and pain-free. Once the spine regains its health, by having the bones back in proper alignment, the body can begin to heal, and the symptoms of whiplash can become a thing of the past.
Dr. John Pairmore and Dr. Dennis Young of Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic, in Anchorage, Alaska have 44 years of combined clinical experience. Their anchorage chiropractic clinic is the only office in Alaska that has the specialized Atlas Orthogonal Adjusting Instrument. Dr. Pairmore and Young also serve Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Eagle River along with the entire state of Alaska. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, whiplash and other neck injuries, chronic back pain, sciatica and more. Learn more about Our Team.