What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury to the neck that occurs due to a rapid and forceful movement of the neck back and forth, like the cracking of a whip. While it is commonly seen in victims of rear-end car accidents, it can also be caused by physical abuse, sports accidents, and traumas, like falling down hard.
Whiplash often does not present symptoms for days or weeks after an accident. It is important to seek treatment after an auto accident so our chiropractor can look for any underlying conditions. If whiplash is not treated, it can worsen and cause other complications. If you do experience symptoms of whiplash, they may include:
When you suspect you have whiplash, it is important to seek prompt diagnosis and treatment so you can rule out the possibility of other conditions.
When you visit our MIPM, we will do a physical exam to determine what is causing your pain. After a diagnosis, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you. We may use one or a combination of treatment methods, depending on the severity of your condition.
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Whiplash Spinal Manipulation
One method we commonly use for whiplash is spinal manipulation. Spinal adjustments can identify and realign any neck joints that have been forced out of place. If the whiplash caused or aggravated a herniated disc, our doctors may use manual adjustment techniques to ease the discs back into position. We also offer spinal decompression, which allows discs to move back into place. This can alleviate pressure and tension in the neck.
Our clinic may also use corrective exercises and posture evaluation. Hunching your neck can aggravate whiplash symptoms. By stretching and strengthening the neck muscles, you can alleviate pain and prevent future injuries.
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At Minnesota Institute for Pain Management we deliver high quality, personalized, patient-focused care for all different types of chronic neck and back pain with speed and compassion. We allow our patients the opportunity to reclaim their independence and humanity, helping them return to normalcy after intense periods of pain and anguish.
Our team cares about our patients as individuals, respecting their time and providing individualized care with great compassion as they suffer from pain and personal limitations.
We see patients right away because we empathize with their need for immediate action. So often, practices of our quality are difficult to access; we build processes and procedures to expedite the start of patient care.