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Posted on 02-22-2018

How Chiropractic Care Helps Relieve Whiplash Pain

Whiplash is an injury to the neck that results when the head is thrown backward and forwards in a whipping motion. This puts excessive strain on the vertebrae, cervical discs, and surrounding connective tissues. The resulting damage can cause pain that lasts for months or more if not properly treated. One of the best ways to shorten this painful period is to get chiropractic care.

Woman with whiplash needs chiropractic care.

How Chiropractic Care Helps Alleviate Whiplash Pain

When the vertebrae in the neck (the cervical spine) are subjected to the forces of whiplash, they are forced into positions that are neither natural nor optimal. These misalignments are the cause of much of the pain of whiplash. Every move of the head or neck causes the bones and discs to interact in ways that create unnatural forces. Pain results as the body register that things aren't right.

Chiropractic treatments ease the cervical spine's parts back into their proper positions over the course of several weeks. This timeframe allows the doctor to avoid overly-harsh motions that would aggravate parts that are already sensitive. It also increases the success rate of the treatments.

Getting the vertebrae back to where they belong doesn't just reduce the pain from the bones. It also lowers the amount of unnatural pressure being placed on the discs in the neck. This, in turn, allows the nerves traveling through the neck to function without interference. You may be surprised to find that other body parts stop hurting once the nerves running to them are decompressed.

When Should Treatment Begin?

After a car crash, you should be checked out at the nearest emergency room to make sure there are no internal injuries that need more urgent attention. Once you're cleared, you should make an appointment with a chiropractor in Gresham right away – even if your neck doesn't hurt yet. The chiropractor will examine you to determine whether or not you need whiplash treatment.

Make an Appointment

If you got whiplash in some other way, and there is no concern of internal trauma, you can usually make an appointment with the chiropractor immediately.

To get started, just call us here at Aspire Chiropractic and Message in Gresham, OR or fill out the contact form on our site. If you're a new patient, you'll get a free consultation.

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