Whiplash is defined as an injury to the neck, due to harsh back and forth movement, like the cracking of a whip. It mainly happens after a car accident, although it can be due to other things like a sports accident or physical abuse. It can do damage that lasts for many years. The muscles in the neck, the discs between the bones, and the ligaments that maintain proper position can all suffer impairment.
It may be surprising to learn that whiplash can occur at speeds as slow as 5 mph. This can cause the bones in the neck to be altered from their normal, healthy position. Damage to the spine can be found in 68 percent of people that have been in accidents.
The symptoms of whiplash can last for up to ten years. Recent research, combining all of the data about whiplash, has shown that it is vital to get treatment for whiplash in the first three months after it happens. After those three months, healing tapers off. Early treatment is very important.
Where to Get Whiplash Treatment
Upper cervical chiropractors can help whiplash sufferers get natural relief. Upper cervical chiropractors, such as Dr. Jeff Leach of Plymouth, Minnesota, focus on the upper two vertebrae in the neck. If they are out of alignment due to whiplash, they can be corrected, and the healing process can begin right away. Making sure the atlas bone (C1), which is at the top of the neck near the base of the skull, is in proper alignment is imperative. When the spinal column is properly aligned muscle strength, pain, and range of motion all improve.
Does it sound good to be able to recover in an average of 29 weeks versus 5 to 10 years? Research reveals this is the average recovery time for whiplash patients seeking upper cervical chiropractic care. Why not call Dr. Leach today and make an appointment to see if he can help you recover more quickly from your accident. Even if this happened years ago, Dr. Leach can help you feel better by using effective, natural methods.
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/