If you have recently been in a car or industrial accident that has injured your neck or shoulder, you may be suffering from whiplash. Unfortunately, whiplash is a condition that traditional medicine may find difficult to treat. Often, all a hospital or clinic can do is prescribe medication or inject muscle relaxants. While this treatment may work for a short time, it will may lead to the pain returning as soon as the drugs wear off. We at Back & Neck Care Center serving Florissant, MO, know a lot about whiplash and how to help treat the pain at its source.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help Treat Whiplash
Fortunately, there is another way to help treat whiplash. Chiropractic care has been around for years and has helped many of people with conditions like whiplash. In order to understand how chiropractic care can help, you must first understand how your injury occurred.
During a car or industrial accident, incredible forces from the collision of vehicles or other objects forced the muscles in your neck and upper back out of their normal healthy positions. When this happens, the muscles put an unusual amount of stress and pressure on surrounding nerves. This causes the muscles to become inflamed. The inflammation, unfortunately, expands the muscles and increases nerve pressure, leading many people to pain.
Chiropractic care works by helping to provide pain relief and pain management. Our chiropractor uses a set of movements to push the muscles in the affected area so that the body can reduce pressure on the nerves. As fewer pain signals are sent to the brain, the muscles become less inflamed, allowing the body to start the healing process.
To completely alleviate pain, multiple sessions of these type of treatments may have to take place. During each appointment, the chiropractor will move the muscles in the upperback and neck by a small amount, eventually forcing them back into their healthy positions. Typically, that means that each appointment will bring a patient a small amount of pain relief.
Be aware that the muscles will continue to move throughout the treatment process. With the help of a chiropractor, this movement may eventually start to happen on its own, accelerating the healing process as the muscles move back to their normal, healthy positions.
Get Chiropractic Care for Whiplash from Our Chiropractor
If you live in Florissant, MO, and you're looking for a chiropractor who can help you with a recent whiplash injury, give our office a call at (314) 838-2220 for Back & Neck Care Center. We are here to help you to get back to your normal, pain free life.