WE SPECIALIZE IN AUTO ACCIDENTS AND WORK INJURIES

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At Palmer Chiropractic Clinic Seattle we relieve body pain naturally through spinal manipulations and muscle re-education. We help your body heal itself without medicine by aligning your spine, which in return can help relieve headaches, neck pain, lower back pain, carpal tunnel, leg, foot and knee pain, and many other symptoms that cause discomfort and limit wellness.

 

 

 

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Mon-Weds-Fri

9am-12pm &          2:30pm-6pm
Tuesday 2:30pm-6pm
Thursday Closed
Saturday By Appointment Only

 

 

Chiropractic Services Auto Injuries


 

Whiplash

Recovering from Auto Injuries

 

Whiplash, although not technically a medical term, is very real and can be very painful. It is called whiplash because your neck really can whip back and forth—first backward (hyperextension) and then forward (hyperflexion). In reality, the specific biomechanics of this injury are far more complex than this, but these details are beyond the scope of this discussion.

The key symptom of whiplash is neck or upper back pain. If you have whiplash you might feel:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Tightness or spasms of the neck or upper back muscles
  • Burning or tingling
  • You may also experience other symptoms, such as:
  • Numbness and/or tingling
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears or blurred vision
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue

 

Pain can start immediately, or it can develop days, weeks, and sometimes even months after the accident. Some people only have a little pain, but some experience a lot. Traditionally, it was believed that most people with whiplash recover fully. We now know that a significant number of whiplash injuries fail to improve without further intervention.

 

 


Chiropractic Care: Symptoms of Whiplash

 

Injuries to the neck caused by a sudden movement of the head, backward, forward, or sideways, is referred to as whiplash. Whether from a car accident, sports, or an accident at work, whiplash or other neck injuries warrant a thorough chiropractic check-up. The biggest danger with whiplash injuries is that the symptoms can take years to develop. Too often people don't seek treatment until more serious complications develop. Even after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, some 45% report they still suffer with symptoms two years later.

In the past a typical whiplash injury, where no bones were broken, was hard to document. Soft tissue injury didn't show up on normal x-rays/radiographs and insurance companies would deny coverage. Literally adding insult to injury, the patient suffering all too real pain was considered to be a fraud, a liar, or at best a hypochondriac. New imaging devices (CAT Scans, Magnetic Imaging, and Ultra Sound) now show soft tissue injury and insurance companies now cover most whiplash injuries. When no bones are broken and the head doesn't strike the windshield, typical symptoms are as follows: 62% to 98% complain of neck pain, which typically starts two hours up to two days after the accident. This is often the result of tightened muscles that react to either muscle tears or excessive movement of joints from ligament damage. The muscles tighten in an effort to splint and support the head, limiting the excessive movement.

Sixty-six to 70% of those suffering from whiplash complain of headache. The pain may be on one side or both, on again off again or constant, in one spot or more general. These headaches, like the neck pain, are often the result of tightened, tensed muscles trying to keep the head stable and, like tension headaches, they are often felt behind the eyes.
 


References
Davis PT, Hulbert JR, Kassak KM, Meyer JJ. Comparative efficacy of conservative medical and chiropractic treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome: a randomized clinical trail. Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics. 1998 June;21(5):317-26.

"Whiplash: Neck Sprain or Strain." The Spine & Pain Institute of New York
http://spinepainny.com/whiplash.php

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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