Dr. Malka Carlucci has been a chiropractor in Cottonwood Heights for several years, and in that time she’s worked with hundreds of people suffering from a condition known as whiplash. This condition can affect people of all ages and health histories and is estimated to affect about 1 million people every year.
What is Whiplash?
Would you be surprised to learn that whiplash doesn’t only happen during car accidents? In fact, whiplash, also known as an acceleration-deceleration injury, can happen in any sort of physically jarring scenario in which the neck forcefully snaps forward and backward. This means whiplash can happen on the road, at work, during a sporting event, or even while doing chores around the house!
Whiplash causes damage to the tissues of the upper back and shoulder region, including nerves, muscles, blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and articular (joint) structures. While exact symptoms will vary, some of the most common ones include:
- Pain, stiffness, and soreness in the head, neck, shoulders, and upper back region
- Ringing in the ears and dizziness
- Jaw pain and dysfunction
- Difficulty sleeping and concentrating
- Numbness, tingling, and pain in one or both arms
- On a physiological level, whiplash looks like tissue inflammation, localized swelling, impaired circulation, pain-mediating hormonal and metabolic changes, and, on a more subacute or chronic scale, scar tissue formation and muscle weakening.
Top Three Reasons to See a Chiropractor if You Have Whiplash
Chiropractic care can relieve your symptoms without forcing you to become reliant on medications. Our chiropractic doctor uses spinal adjustments, massage therapy, and other non-invasive techniques to facilitate symptom relief without drugs or invasive procedures.
A chiropractor can diagnose, minimize, and/or prevent whiplash symptoms before they even develop! Whiplash often doesn’t show any signs until a few days or weeks after the precipitating event, thanks to surging hormones that mask pain. A chiropractor can identify hidden warning signs of whiplash (such as muscle guarding and decreased range of motion) and address underlying factors that may contribute to the condition (including postural abnormalities and even subjective stress), thereby preventing you from suffering in the first place!
Seeking professional help early on can minimize your risk of lasting injuries. While taking a “wait and see” approach works for some sufferers of whiplash, many people experience chronic, worsening, and/or recurring symptoms if they fail to seek out professional care. In our experience, it’s better to be “safe than sorry” and consult with a chiropractor as soon as you believe you may be at risk for whiplash.
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Have you been in a car accident? Consider chiropractic care, even if you feel “fine.” If you live near Midvale, Holladay, Sandy, Granite, Murray, West Jordan, or a nearby Utah community, know that our chiropractor in Cottonwood Heights is here for you and your loved ones! We’re proud to offer FREE initial exams to new patients. To schedule yours, call (801) 943-0932 today.