Shoulder Pain, Neck Pain and Whiplash: Chiropractic Topics

Neck pain and headaches are the most common complaints of persons seeking Chiropractic care for whiplash. Shoulder pain is another common complaint that is often associated with neck pain. Shoulder pain may be from direct injury to the shoulder or referred pain from the neck. Rotator cuff problems, tendinitis and impingement may occur secondary to whiplash. Whiplash can also aggrevate muscular imbalances between the pectoral muscles and muscles of the back (especially the rhomboids). Often the trapezius muscle which is the muscle at the top of the shoulder is a source of pain which is often referred to as shoulder pain. Injury or irritation to the trapezius from a whiplash can cause pain the radiates into the neck and the area between the shoulder blades. Myofascial release techniques are the most beneficial Chiropractic technique to deal with injured muscles from whiplash. Acupuncture treatment combined with electrical stimulation is often very effective treatment for upper back pain and trigger points in the trapezius are well. If the muscles of the neck are strained by whiplash the pain may be aggravated by stretching or forcefully contracting the muscle. Muscle tears or strains are generally described as burning pain that is easy to locate.
Numbness and pain in the arms is common after a whiplash and is often the result of muscle spasms in the scalene muscles. The scalene muscles are the muscles in the side of the neck. The scalenes attach to the neck and to the upper ribs. Myofascial stretches of the scalenes are often very effective in treating this type of neck and arm pain.
Dr. Tom Etter has over ten years of Chiropractic practice experience and serves patients in the Olathe, Lenexa and Johnson county areas. Dr. Etter’s practice focus is neck pain, back pain, sports injury and whiplash injury treatment.

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I help people through chiropractic care and acupuncture.
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