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One-third of all auto accident victims will need medical care, specifically chiropractic care, and among the most common reasons is whiplash. At East West Spine and Rehab Clinic in Smyrna GA, we treat a wide variety of patients who are suffering from the effects of whiplash. If this is your first experience with a painful auto accident and its results, you'll naturally have questions just like many of our other patients. Here are some of the most common ones we hear:
When your body comes to a sudden halt, like in an auto accident, your head is often free to move forward and back. This "whipping" movement of the head often hyperextends the spine, causing an injury known as whiplash. Whiplashes can also happen in sports accidents, with falls at home, or in a workplace incident.
The damage to your neck and spine can happen at surprisingly low speeds. Most car-related whiplash injuries happen when the auto is moving at 6-12 miles per hour, and it can happen when the car is creeping along at under 5MPH.
Whiplash can cause injuries in multiple components in the neck. It can dislocate the cervical vertebrae, impair joint function in the neck and cause spinal discs to herniate. These herniated discs can pinch nerve roots near the spine. Whiplash can also cause tissue damage, straining neck muscles and connective tissues.
Whiplash symptoms often include a stiff and painful neck, shoulder pain, dizziness, facial pain, depression, sleep problems, trouble with vision, ringing in the ears, and a host of other physical symptoms. The shock from the initial injury can often mask these symptoms, only allowing them to surface days or even weeks later.
Our experienced chiropractor in Smyrna, Dr. Ara Leguizamon, has years of experience treating whiplash patients. After a physical examination and consultation, he'll employ a variety of treatment options to help with your whiplash, including spinal adjustments, therapeutic massage, ultrasound therapy, hot and cold therapy, and exercises designed to loosen and strengthen the affected areas.
If you're suffering from whiplash symptoms or if you have any questions, call our experienced staff for a consultation. You can contact us at (770) 432-5600 and we'll arrange a consultation as soon as possible.
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