Whiplash and Neck pain-Chiropractic

Neck pain is one of the most common injuries suffered in a car accident. Chiropractors provide a large portion of the care of neck injuries suffered in whiplash cases.
Seat belts and shoulder restraints have been very successful in reducing serious injury but have also been responsible to increasing the severity of minor neck injuries due to the abrupt stopping of forward body motion in the post collision phase. Forward bending of the head is often the most irritating phase of the collision.
Irritation and injury to the neck muscles and joints may cause pain that radiates down the arm. The pain may be referred from irritation to the muscles and joints. Often pain that radiates down the arm is associated with pinching or injury to the spinal nerves but joint and muscle injury may also cause pain in the arm.
Disc problems in the neck from whiplash may cause pain that is subtle or very severe. Usually disc pain comes and goes. Pressing on the joints of the neck or muscles may cause disc pain to flare. In some cases headaches are the only symptom from a disc injury caused by whiplash. Whiplash may also cause pain in the shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand.
Neck pain from a whiplash may be delayed as much as weeks after the event. Most people experience pain 1-72 hours after a whiplash if they are injured. A large part of the pain from a whiplash neck injury can involve damaged muscles. Muscle damage can serve as a potent source of neck pain. Healing of muscles can take months of longer. Myofascial release techniques are often very beneficial in muscular injury in conjunction with Chiropractic adjustments.
Dr. Tom Etter has over ten years of practice experience treating back pain, neck pain, whiplash and sports injuries. His office is located at 112th and Strangline and serves Olathe, Kansas, Lenexa, Kansas and the Johnson County Kansas area.

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I help people through chiropractic care and acupuncture.
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