Whiplash Injuries are often a result of an auto accident, mostly likely when it's a rear end collision. One of the most frequently asked questions is:
If I get into an auto accident / car accident, is the position of my head restraint (Head-rest) REALLY that important?
The short answer is YES!
What happens to my head and neck when I'm in a rear-end Collision?
Whiplash is an injury to the neck due to forceful and rapid back and forth movement, like what happens during a rear end collision.
Common signs and symptoms include:
- Neck pain which could worsen with movement
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury.
Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate.
Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
At the Dufour Accident Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center, our Personal Injury Chiropractor understands the severity of your Auto Accident or Personal injuries. Dr. Dufour has treated Auto Accident and Personal injury induced Whiplash and lower back disc / disk injuries for over 22 yrs with tremendous success. In addition to treating your Whiplash injury or lumbar disc / disk injury, Dr. Dufour also treats many other injuries including:
- Headaches (Acupuncture may also be used for Headaches)
- Tech Neck (Neck and upper back pain from prolonged computer usage)
- Acupuncture for Migraines
- Back pain (Acupuncture may also be used for back pain)
- Neck pain and stiffness (Acupuncture may also be used for neck pain)
- Upper back and shoulder pain (Acupuncture may also be used for shoulder pain and upper back pain)
- Lower back pain / stiffness (Acupuncture may also be used for lower back pain)
- Pain into the back of the leg or butt cheeks (Sciatica)
- (Acupuncture may also be used for sciatica)