Chiropractic Care in Tacoma for Whiplash Treatment
Whiplash can cause great pain and stiffness in your neck, extending to your shoulders, and down your arms. It can lead to chronic headaches. Problems affiliated with whiplash can diminish your ability to carry out your daily activities. The doctors at Bakke Chiropractic Clinic in Tacoma, WA offer pain relief and corrective care for the difficulties you are experiencing.
What is Whiplash and What Causes Whiplash Pain?
Whiplash is caused by the rapid, forceful movement of the head in two directions. First, the head is forced in one direction, overextending the muscles and connective tissues. Then, the head is rapidly forced in the opposite direction, overextending the muscles and connective tissues in that direction. The result can be misalignment of vertebrae in the neck and inflammation of soft tissues.
Misaligned vertebrae and inflammation put pressure on nerves. This pressure can result in pain, numbness, and muscle weakness in the shoulders and arms. Torn muscles and stretched ligaments and tendons will also cause inflammation, pain, and stiffness.
What Can Cause Whiplash?
Basically, any accident or body impact that causes the head to move forcibly back and forth can give you whiplash. Many cases happen in a car accident. Others happen due to a collision of participants in a sporting event. Even a slip and fall can cause whiplash. It can happen so fast that you may not realize that your head moved back and forth.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Symptoms of whiplash are not always felt right away. In some cases, a day or several days goes by before any symptoms are felt. So, as you think about the symptoms you are experiencing, think about any accidents or impacts you have had recently.
- Stiffness and pain in the neck
- Reduction of your neck's range of motion
- Headaches that normally start at the base of your head
- Pain in the shoulders and upper back
- Pain and numbness in the upper arms
How a Chiropractor Helps You with Whiplash
During a consultation with your chiropractor, they will ask about recent accidents or injuries you may have had. During their examination, they will check the alignment of your spine, paying special attention to the vertebrae in your neck. They will look for any swelling and inflammation you may have. This swelling will denote possible damage to soft tissues.
Your chiropractor can gently work to move any misaligned vertebrae back into position. This will take off any pressure it was placing on a nerve, allowing the nerve to heal and continue to work properly. Massage and muscle therapies will help to reduce swelling and stimulate muscle activity. Proper exercises and stretches will help to strengthen muscles and their connective tissues.
Receive Quality Chiropractic Care in Tacoma
Whiplash treatment is necessary to alleviate suffering and to help your body to heal properly. Whiplash can be both painful and debilitating. You are welcome at the Bakke Chiropractic Clinic in Tacoma, WA to receive a comprehensive exam and a customized treatment plan. If you are experiencing painful symptoms, give us a call at (253) 472-3365 to set up an appointment. You can count on us to take good care of you.