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Whiplash Treatment in Columbus

woman with a sore neck after an auto accidentWhiplash is most commonly associated with rear-end collisions in which the head is snapped back and forth. It may also result from a side or front-end impact. Often this may lead to stretching and tearing of soft tissue, which includes muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

The disc, which is the cushion between the vertebrae, can also sustain injury. An array of symptoms may result. These include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Jaw pain
  • Tingling in the extremities
  • Fatigue

Is Chiropractic Care Better Than Medical Care for Whiplash?

Certainly, medical care has its place, but chiropractic care is much more effective. A medical doctor typically prescribes medications that simply cover up the problem. Chiropractors actually address the problem and assist the body in healing naturally.

A treatment plan is formulated, which includes things such as

  • Chiropractic adjustments to restore normal joint function
  • Muscle stimulation to exercise and strengthen muscles, as well as help flush unwanted chemicals from the injured areas
  • Hot & cold pack treatment to assist blood flow and decrease swelling
  • Traction to help decompress tight joints
  • Therapeutic exercise to assist range of motion
  • Strengthening massage to help reduce muscle spasm

Other modalities and procedures may also be used. All these things work together for natural pain relief, but most importantly, to ensure the body heals at its optimal, so no long-term effects result.

What to Expect

Whiplash is diagnosed through proper history taking and an examination. Dr. Smith will ask you details about how the accident happened, and other factors that may help pinpoint the areas of concern.

During the exam, he will test your movement patterns, perform orthopedic and neurologic tests, and feel around the areas of concern. Special studies may be indicated, such as X-rays, CT scans, MRI, and others. Most of the time, these studies are not needed, and if so, he can make the appropriate referral if warranted.

Seek Care as Soon as Possible

Even though whiplash can heal on its own, and the symptoms may disappear, that does not mean it has healed correctly. Oftentimes it will come back later in life, in which time you may have to live with whiplash permanently.

That’s why, if you’ve been involved in an auto accident, we encourage you to get checked immediately so we can address any damage and provide the healing help you need.


Whiplash Treatment in Columbus, North Linden OH | (614) 784-0002