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Bend Oregon sees no shortage of auto related injuries, especially during it's winter season and when driving to Mount Bachelor or heading over one of several icy passes. Over two-thirds of people involved in auto accidents suffer from whiplash. The symptoms of whiplash usually do not develop until up to 48 hours after the injury. Whiplash can also occur from a sports injury, work injury, or a fall.
Those who suffer a whiplash injury may complain of pain and stiffness in the neck, and can refer into the shoulders, arms, and upper back. Two-thirds of those involved in a motor vehicle accident also suffer with headaches. Dizziness, nausea, difficulty swallowing, and even blurred vision after an incident are common but these symptoms are typically short lived. A concussion is also a common presentation and should be assessed and treated.
Early Treatment for an Auto Accident is Important
For some individuals, whiplash symptoms can be very minor and go away within a couple days. For others, the symptoms can become varied and chronic, ranging from severe pain and headaches to cognitive and emotional problems. Up to 85 percent of people who suffer a whiplash injury have the symptoms five years after the accident, and over 80 percent have been shown to have a straightening or reversal of their cervical curvature. This straightening or reversal of the normally lordotic curvature of the cervical spine is considered to be one of the most significant factors leading to chronic pain after a whiplash injury.
Whiplash symptoms might manifest immediately following the acceleration-deceleration accident, or they can take a few hours or days to appear. Oftentimes the exact underlying cause remains unknown for some whiplash symptoms despite today’s best diagnostic techniques. Due to the potentially high number and varied complexity of whiplash symptoms, they are sometimes collectively referred to as whiplash-associated disorders.
How Chiropractic Can Help
Because of a multitude of factors, each individual case of whiplash is different. Chiropractic care, however, is a very effective natural approach to reducing pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms. A Chiropractor is specifically trained in restoring joint motion and correcting the musculoskeletal imbalances that occur after an auto injury. More importantly, these physicians can help support and guide the body into healing properly while addressing the inflammation, soft tissue and neurological concerns early which can significatly reduce the potential for future complications such as chronic pain, arthritis, or limited mobility.
An appropriate Chiropractic treatment plan is unique to each whiplash injury and may include treatment of the spine, pelvis, hips, shoulders, knees, hands, or feet. Within our multidiciplinary clinic, our Chiropractors often prescribe Acupuncture and Massage Therapy for optimizing the care for those suffering with motor vehicle associated injuries.
Our Chiropractors commonly employ different treatments for whiplash, often including:
- Physical Therapy Modalities
- Active Stretching
- Therapeutic Exercises
- Traction and/or Spinal Decompression
- Ergonomic and lifestyle changes
- Soft Tissue or Referral for In-House Massage Therapy
- Referral for In-House Acupuncture