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Whiplash Doctors in Nashville TN
If you have been in a car accident or suffered from a rear end auto collision, chances are good that you need therapy and treatment for whiplash. Often you will feel pain in your neck or back after an accident that results from the impact of the collision.
What is Whiplash
Whiplash is the neck strain or injury that results from a jarring of the neck forward and backward or sideways. It often happens in car accidents when the whiplash victim is hit from behind. Simply defined, whiplash is neck strain. Damage is caused when the neck stretches and the muscles and tendons within the neck are affected resulting in muscle strain and other conditions. Range of motion may be greatly impacted with the whiplash patient having very limited ability to turn his or her neck in one or both directions following the collision. Whiplash can be minor or severe. It is a serious injury that can result in permanent damage.
Whiplash injuries, while common, are considered serious injuries. Examples of the serious effects include the neck becoming unstable, spasms, extreme loss of range of motion, and even spinal fractures. Our Injury Doctors at Nashville Accident and Injury Center diagnose and treat your car accident injuries without invasive procedures or surgery. Whiplash treatment starts with a thorough diagnosis to determine the severity of your injuries. Severe whiplash can result in the straightening of the cervical vertebrae, which puts pressure on the nerves and soft tissues of the neck and can cause bones spurs if left untreated.
Whiplash treatment usually starts with non-force adjustments to reduce pain and restore range of motion and the curvature of the neck. By restoring the curvature, we are preventing further injuries and permanent loss of range of motion. Additional treatments may include stretching, strengthening exercises and laser therapy, which helps speed the healing process and restore range of motion.
To schedule an examination to check for back and neck injuries after your auto accident injury or for whiplash treatment, please call our Nashville chiropractic office at 615-356-5113.
Auto Accident Injury Treatment
Back and neck injuries can take days and even weeks to manifest themselves, and by then, your body has already started the healing process creating scar tissue and inflammation. The longer you wait to receive auto accident injury treatment, the more difficult the injuries are to treat.
Car Accident Injury Symptoms
- Headaches and migraines
- Loss of range of motion in the back and neck
- Moderate to severe back and neck pain
- Muscle spasms
- Numbness and weakness in the extremities
- Tingling in the arms and legs
Spinal misalignments and bulging, herniated and slipped discs are common during car accidents. Chiropractic care is effective at treating these ailments via manual and actuator adjustments, spinal decompression, laser therapy and spinal remodeling.
Manual and actuator adjustments are used to restore proper alignment to the vertebrae. This reduces soft tissue and muscle inflammation and reduces nerve pain. Spinal decompression helps herniated and bulging discs and compressed and pinched nerves heal by increasing the space between the vertebrae. The discs in the spine do not contain blood. They are comprised of jelly-like substances. The interior is softer than the exterior. The harder exterior helps protect the interior. Because the discs do not contain blood, getting nutrients to the discs is difficult. Spinal decompression helps reduce pain and gives the discs enough space to start healing and retracting. As the discs retract, they put less pressure on the nerves.
Laser therapy is used to treat Nashville car accident injuries by stimulating the deep tissues and cells of the body. Once properly stimulated, these cells start to regenerate, resulting in true healing.
Spinal remodeling is a specialized form of traction. It helps retrain the muscles and ligaments of the back. Once the ligaments and muscles are retrained, they are better able to support the spine, which helps heal current car accident injuries and helps prevent future back and neck injuries.