Chiropractic Care for Whiplash
After experiencing a car accident or any physically jarring trauma, it's possible to have whiplash without even realizing it. This means that timely treatment may be necessary but not received. That's why seeking a diagnosis after any event that may cause whiplash, especially if you're experiencing neck pain, is crucial. Once you have received a diagnosis, Dr. Marie at Equilibrium Spinal Care can provide appropriate care.
If you're experiencing neck pain and suspect whiplash, an examination is necessary to confirm the condition. Your healthcare provider will ask you questions about the event that may have caused your neck pain. You'll be asked to describe your symptoms, their intensity, location, and when you experience them the most. Your ability to perform common everyday tasks will also be assessed.
The examination will include range of motion tests for your shoulders and neck. The point at which you feel pain during movement will be noted. Your neck, back, and shoulders will be checked for tenderness. Additionally, your reflexes and sensation in your extremities will be tested.
Further imaging tests such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computerized tomography (CT) may be performed. These tests can reveal the presence of whiplash and identify any other factors contributing to your symptoms. These imaging technologies provide different types of images, which can aid in making an accurate diagnosis.
Once whiplash has been confirmed, appropriate treatment can be applied. Your chiropractor will focus on pain management, restoring your normal range of motion, and helping you return to your regular activities.
Pain management will involve the application of heat and cold as well as rest. Your chiropractor will work with you to develop a pain management plan that you can use at home. Chiropractic manipulation will also play a crucial role in the recovery process. Your chiropractor will use techniques designed to improve strength and flexibility and realign the vertebrae in your neck and spine.
Exercise & Physical Therapy
Your chiropractic care provider may recommend exercises for you to perform both at the office and on your own. Nutritional counseling, foam collars, and other measures may also be included in your treatment plan.
Contact Equilibrium Spinal Care in Oakland, CA
If you suspect you may have whiplash, obtaining a timely diagnosis and treatment is crucial. The team at Equilibrium Spinal Care in Oakland is here to help. Call us today at (510) 330-5201 to learn more or schedule an appointment.