Treating Whiplash With Chiropractic Care
-Dr. Hitender Sabharwal, DC
Suffering from whiplash after an auto accident is often so painful and traumatic that it can affect the way you perform daily tasks. Each year, millions of people all around the world are involved in accidents, and many do not even realize they are suffering from whiplash. Regardless of whether the pain is acute or chronic, whiplash can use severe damage to the spine and requires immediate chiropractic treatment.
Some people believe that therapy is only necessary following a serious auto accident, but this simply is not the truth. Injuries can occur during accidents where drivers are moving as slowly as 5mph. This includes injuries that knock the spine out of alignment and lead to additional problems later on. While minor accidents are often brushed off as “close calls”, it’s likely that more damage has been done than you realize.
If you experience back pain or neck pain following an accident, even a minor accident, the first thing you should do is visit a Denver chiropractor. The pain you are experiencing may have been caused by the force of the accident knocking your musculoskeletal system out of proper alignment. When you’re involved in an accident where you’re hit from the back, the jolt you feel is what leads to whiplash, which occurs as the result of your cervical spine being thrown forward and backward.
Though whiplash is a common injury, in less common instances, the damage caused by sudden acceleration and deceleration forces can lead to periods of partial disability. For this reason, no injury should ever be taken lightly. Not seeking immediate treatment for your injuries could lead to lost time at work and decreased productivity. Of course, not all cases of whiplash are the same, and the severity of your injury will determine how much it affects your life, but all injuries should be treated promptly to minimize their impact on your day to day life.
As many as 3 million Americans suffer from whiplash annually, and many of those people do not receive the treatment the need. Many accident victims mistakenly believe that they have only experienced a minor injury and will recover with the use of painkillers. In reality, it is important to seek chiropractic advice as soon as possible following an automobile accident. Prompt action on your part can save you from a lifetime of pain and other health problems.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, please contact my office now, no matter how minor your injury may seem.