Our Saline Chiropractic Team Answers Your FAQs About Whiplash
Whiplash is a common reason why people come to see our Saline chiropractic team. Whiplash is treatable, especially when it's diagnosed early on. To help our patients and community learn more about whiplash, we’ve gathered together some of the most frequently asked questions we hear at our practice.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a condition that develops after the neck and head forcefully move back and forth. This rapid force can strain and damage tissues in and the neck, including joints, nerves, discs, muscles, and ligaments.
What Causes Whiplash?
Whiplash often occurs during a sport, work, or auto accident. It's also common after slip and fall accidents. Whiplash can affect people of all ages.
How Do I Know if I Have Whiplash?
You might have whiplash if you experience the following signs and symptoms after a traumatic accident:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Pain, stiffness, and/or numbness in the shoulder or arm
- Ringing in the ears
- Jaw pain and clicking
- Emotional and cognitive symptoms, including mental fogginess, insomnia, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and depression
Whiplash signs and symptoms don't always show up right away, so you might not know you have whiplash until days or weeks following the precipitating trauma. This delayed onset of symptoms happens when stress hormones that flood our system during traumatic events take a while to return to their normal levels. These stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, can block pain signals. This may lead you to believe you’re fine when you’ve been injured.
How Does a Chiropractor Help Someone with Whiplash?
Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to help someone recover from whiplash, in addition to other types of sports, work, or auto accident injuries. Our chiropractic team, led by Dr. Rober Borer and Dr. Sherri Borer, have a combined 40+ years of experience and are trained in a variety of non-invasive treatments that can alleviate whiplash and reduce inflammation and tissue damage associated with the condition. These treatments include:
- Chiropractic adjustments, including upper cervical techniques, which help reduce the strength of pain signals sent via the nervous system and restore alignment and range of motion in the neck and upper back
- Corrective exercises, which are prescribed to reduce tissue inflammation, speed healing, and eventually restore core strength and endurance
We also provide lifestyle counseling and guidance on important topics like stress management, sleeping and desk posture, and nutrition that will enhance your body's natural healing process.
Worried about Whiplash? Contact Our Saline Chiropractor Today
Borer Family Chiropractic is proud to be a leading, family-owned chiropractic clinic serving Saline and surrounding Michigan communities. If you think you might have whiplash and are looking for natural treatment that can help you avoid or minimize symptoms, contact us today at 734-944-7200.