Over 380,000 car accidents take place throughout the greater Atlanta region each and every year, according to the most recent report released by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Car accident victims that are hit the rear end of their vehicle, often, experience Whiplash, which is caused when your neck suddenly jerks either forward or backward.
Whiplash patients typically experience pain in the neck and back that can range in intensity and frequency.
If you have recently been in a car accident and believe you have Whiplash, make sure you call your College Park Chiropractor as soon as possible to relieve you of pain and to prevent long-term or permanent damage.
Treating Pain Caused By Whiplash
Understanding why Whiplash causes pain and what your Chiropractor can recommend for treatment is important for determining what next steps are best for you to take.
Whiplash Injuries Can Cause Joint Dysfunction
Often, patients that suffer from Whiplash develop joint dysfunction that’s caused when one of the joints in your limbs and spine loses their resiliency to absorb shock or impact.
If your Chiropractor determines that this situation is what you’re experiencing, they can treat you with motion palpation. This Chiropractic technique carefully pushes your joints in different directions to determine what’s called, joint play.
Not seeing your Chiropractor address joint dysfunction can lead to limited motion and ongoing pain.
Whiplash Injuries Can Cause Muscle Dysfunction, Too
Joint dysfunction left untreated can negatively affect your muscles, as they either become overactive and intense or static and under active.
Either situation can lead to your muscles developing various trigger points, which are areas of your muscles that become congested with toxins that irritate your nerve endings and cause pain.
Such pain can take place individually in your damaged muscle or can be referred to other areas of the body.
Your muscles can send irregular neurological signals to your nervous system, which can cause you to experience pain in areas of your body that are not directly related to your injury.
These signals can disrupt your body’s ability to properly recognize and regulate muscles in other parts of your body, creating the development of faulty movement patterns.
Understanding What Faulty Movement Patterns Are
Chiropractors understand that the volume and frequency of pain signals your body sends out after a traumatic whiplash injury can adjust the way your nervous system manages the functionality of your muscles.
When the disruption of coordinated movement takes place, this is called faulty movement patterns.
This too, is caused by overwhelming strain placed on your muscles and/or joints and can lead to severe back and neck pain.
Two specific types of instability caused by fault movement patterns are:
- Passive – your ligaments around your neck are weakened, increasing the likeliness of pain
- Dynamic – a disturbance in your body’s organic muscular response to every-day impact, which is caused by nervous system disruption.
It’s important to know that either form of instability can create significant difficulty to perform even the most mild activity.
How Your College Park Chiropractor Can Treat Whiplash
Every single case of Whiplash is unique since each individual’s structure, tone, and natural behavior, such as posture, are different.
Often, Chiropractors utilize treatments that include:
- ergonomic adjustments
- muscle stimulation or relaxation
Whatever your Chiropractor determines to be the best way to move forward, scheduling an appointment is the first step to relieving your pain.
Make sure you visit our office in College Park, located on 1624 Virginia Avenue.