Have you ever been in a car accident or a light fender bender? One in 63 Americans are in the same boat. Did you know whiplash, neck, and back pain are a few of the most common injuries following said accidents? What most people don’t realize is whiplash can occur at speeds as low as five to ten miles per hour. Whiplash can occur anytime there is rapid change in momentum causing the neck to “whip” or snap rapidly front to back or side to side. This whipping motion can cause injury to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in and around the neck.
In the moment, you may not notice any pain or discomfort due to adrenaline. You may assume you’re unharmed, but as that adrenaline wears off, it’s common to experience symptoms such as headaches, muscle stiffness, decreased range of motion, radiating or shooting sensations, and muscle weakness. These symptoms may appear immediately but often may not become apparent until days to weeks after the accident.
At Kucera Chiropractic, we conduct a thorough physical examination to help answer the questions you have as you work to get back to your day-to-day life. During your exam, we will explain what’s wrong or what your injury is, how we can help get you back to doing the things you want and need, and how long it may take.
Research continues to pour out in support of non-invasive rehabilitative techniques to control pain, improve range of motion, and return patients back to a pre-injury state. One study noted early intervention demonstrated more positive outcomes when compared to immobilization with a neck collar. Other studies noted manipulation and acupuncture saw increased effectiveness and improved quality of life with decreased likelihood of chronic pain.
Let us help you get back to spending time doing the things you want without the distraction of pain and discomfort. Know someone you think we can
help? Scheduling is easy. Appointments can be made over the phone
(531) 721-2050 or via our website at www.kucerachiropractic.com.
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