Whiplash Injury Treatment In Lincoln, NE

Dr. Shane Davidson DC Lincoln, NE Chiropractor

Chiropractor for Whiplash

Whiplash is a frequently occurring neck muscle injury that typically happens when the head is suddenly jerked backward and then swiftly flung in the opposite direction, such as in a car accident. This can result in short-term or acute neck pain and limited mobility, as the neck’s ligaments and muscles are stretched beyond their usual range of motion. This overextension can even cause the soft tissues to tear or sprain, leading to discomfort and pain.

While whiplash symptoms may not be immediately evident, it’s crucial to seek an examination, as neglecting whiplash injuries can result in persistent pain and discomfort over the long term. At Novo Chiropractic Lincoln, we conduct a thorough analysis and examination of your whiplash pain to create a proper treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Symptoms Of Whiplash

There are various symptoms of whiplash to look out for like:

  • Neck pain and Stiffness in the neck
  • Neck pain that becomes progressively worse with movement
  • Reduced range of motion in neck and shoulders
  • Shoulder, arm, or upper back pain or tenderness
  • Radiating pain from the neck upward
  • Fatigue, Dizziness, or lack of coordination

Causes Of Whiplash

During a car accident, the vehicle may experience a forceful push in the opposite direction. This sudden impact can result in an abrupt, unnatural movement of the vehicle’s occupants, often resulting in whiplash. Given the lack of preparedness, this motion can lead to muscle damage or tears in the neck, as well as harm to the tendons and ligaments in the surrounding areas.

It’s worth noting that whiplash injuries can also occur as a result of sporting accidents and other high-impact traumas.

Chiropractic Treatment For Whiplash Injury

Chiropractic care offers a highly effective approach to treating whiplash, addressing the root causes and promoting faster recovery. It does so by reducing inflammation around affected muscles and ligaments while restoring neck and shoulder mobility.

When you seek whiplash treatment at Novo Chiropractic Lincoln, you’re not just another case; we tailor a unique plan for each patient. We understand that no two individuals are the same, and our treatment strategies are customized to best suit your needs.

Our chiropractors may employ various techniques to provide relief:

Flexion-Distraction Technique: A gentle, non-thrusting method used to address inflamed or irritated herniated discs. It involves a slow, deliberate pumping action on the affected disc.

Instrument-Assisted Manipulation: This non-thrusting technique utilizes specialized handheld instruments to apply targeted force to the spine without aggressive thrusting.

Specific Spinal Manipulation: Chiropractors identify restricted or abnormally moving spinal joints and employ a gentle thrusting technique to restore their proper motion. This technique helps stretch soft tissue and stimulates the nervous system to return the spine to its normal state.

Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy: We may utilize the Graston technique, an instrument-assisted approach that targets injured soft tissues. It involves gentle, repetitive strokes over the affected area using a specialized tool.

Trigger Point Therapy: Direct pressure is applied to specific tension points in the affected area, helping to alleviate muscle tension.

In some cases, your chiropractor might recommend additional therapies, such as fascial stretch therapy, spinal decompression, or massage therapy, in combination with spinal manipulation. Chiropractic care excels in treating whiplash injuries because it focuses on addressing the underlying causes. By restoring proper joint alignment, reducing inflammation, and relaxing muscle tension, our patients experience more rapid improvements and long-term success.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Whiplash/Auto Accident Injury

How long does it take for a whiplash of the neck to heal?

Whiplash recovery depends on the severity of the injury. Some people experience relief within a few days to weeks, while others might expect a recovery time of 10 weeks or longer. In general, there are 3 phases of soft tissue injuries:
  • Inflammatory Phase – this happens right after the injuries and lasts for up to 3 days.
  • Repair or Regeneration Phase – can last 6 to 8 weeks depending on the severity of the injury
  • Remodeling Phase – lasts 12 to 24 months

What is the fastest way to recover from whiplash?

In the short term, painkillers and muscle relaxers can help with recovery. Even using hot and cold compresses and getting plenty of rest helps. Chiropractic treatment also helps with whiplash recovery as chiropractors are experts on the matter. 

How can I speed up my whiplash recovery?

Avoiding any activities or movements that will stress the neck or back helps speed up whiplash recovery. Chiropractors may also advise performing stretches and exercises for a quicker recovery.

How long are you sore after a car accident?

The length of soreness from whiplash after a car accident depends on the collision’s severity and the person. Some people find relief within days, while others might be sore for up to 6 weeks or even longer. It is essential always to see a chiropractor if you are involved in an accident.

How long does it take to recover from soft tissue injury?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer for this, as the recovery time depends on the severity of the injury. Minor injuries can heal within a few weeks, while severe injuries might take months or longer to heal. 

Can you get a concussion from a minor car accident?

It is possible to suffer from a concussion after a minor fender-bender. This is quite common. The angle of impact combined with hitting or jerking the head often leads to trauma. There are so many variables present during an accident it is best to get assessed by a chiropractor.

What are the long-term problems that can happen due to ignoring whiplash?

Ignoring whiplash can lead to more severe problems down the road, including chronic pain, recurring muscle spasms, and a limited range of motion in the neck. There may also be long-term damage to the cervical discs as well as osteoarthritis. 

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