After a car accident, it’s common to experience intense neck pain. This happens because the neck is often forced to snap backward or forward suddenly, causing a severe strain on the muscles in the neck. For relief from your whiplash, contact Elan Schrier, DC, from Schrier Family Chiropractic & Regenerative Medicine in Delray, Florida.
Whiplash is characterized by pain and stiffness in the neck due to a strain on the muscles. Sometimes, this pain extends into the head, chest, shoulder, and arms. Symptoms of whiplash include:
Often, symptoms do not present themselves until a few days after trauma. Although whiplash is most commonly associated with car accidents, sports injuries or other sudden traumas can cause it, too. It’s rare, but in some cases, broken bones are a symptom of whiplash.
If gone untreated, whiplash could result in pinched nerves or other forms of long-term trauma. Some patients who don’t get treatment experience chronic pain for the rest of their lives.
First, Dr. Schrier will take your medical history, do a physical evaluation, and consult with you about the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. He might also take X-rays in the office to make sure no bones were broken in the trauma.
He may also order an MRI or a CT scan to see how far the trauma goes. Once Dr. Schrier has a full picture, he will begin treatment.
Through specific spinal adjustments, Dr. Schrier can begin to realign your musculoskeletal system, relieving pressure on the neck and helping with trauma. He’s also skilled in NUCCA, a type of chiropractic care which focuses on relieving pressure where the head meets the neck.
Through the NUCCA method, Dr. Schrier can ensure the messages going through the brainstem to the rest of the body are not being distorted, and help you feel relief from your pain at the same time. Dr. Schrier can see exactly where the misalignment is in the body, based on precision X-rays taken during the diagnosis process. This allows him to tailor-make each adjustment to your body’s condition, giving you a properly aligned spine, and relieving your whiplash pain.
If you’re interested in how the NUCCA method and spinal adjustments can help with your whiplash, contact Dr. Schrier today.