Whiplash occurs when the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits causing damage to muscles, ligaments and discs in the spine. Auto accidents are the most common causes of whiplash but other causes can be sports related injuries or slips and falls.
Common symptoms of whiplash include: neck/upper back pain, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision and tingling or numbness into the arms or upper back. These symptoms can begin immediately after the accident or take several weeks to occur.
Chiropractic treatment of these types of injuries consist of specific chiropractic adjustments to normalize spinal motion and strengthening of the surrounding muscles through rehabilitative exercises. Graston technique is another form of treatment that can effectively reduce or minimize scar tissue formation in muscles that can lead to chronic pain if left untreated.