Also known as a neck sprain or neck strain, whiplash is a soft-tissue neck injury that happens when your head is suddenly and forcefully thrown backward then forward. By experiencing such unexpected force, whiplash can harm the muscles, nerves, ligaments, vertebrae, and disks in the neck and spine. Whiplash often occurs during rear-end car accidents, sports accidents, or other trauma, and is characterized by a number of symptoms that either develop immediately or shortly after the initial injury or impact, including:
- Neck pain or stiffness
- Headaches or dizziness
- Loss of range of motion (in the neck or shoulders)
- Blurred vision
- Shoulder and back tenderness and pain
- Myofascial injuries (injuries to ligaments and muscles located in the neck)
Car accidents are a common cause of whiplash which is why Dr. Carroll has undergone advanced chiropractic training to better diagnosis and treat patients suffering from auto accident or whiplash-related injuries. When treating traumatic injuries or those caused by the body experiencing a sudden force, it’s critical for your chiropractor to conduct full-body assessments and thorough evaluations while paying close attention to the strength and health of your joint capsules, spinal ligaments, and intervertebral discs as those can all be seriously injured without you knowing. With this in mind, Dr. Carroll spends time understanding how your injury occurred and is dedicated to identifying the root cause of your pain, rather than just treating the symptoms of your injury.
In more severe cases of whiplash, cognitive or psychology conditions such as fatigue, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), difficulty concentrating, memory loss or insomnia may occur. The severity of your whiplash and the risk of experiencing these symptoms is often determined by whether or not your head was turned during the moment of impact, as well as if you suffered from blunt force head trauma during your accident. Dr. Carroll is committed to not only relieving your pain, reducing muscular tension and improving your range of motion, but ultimately helping you become a happier, healthier you after treatment.
If you are suffering from whiplash or any of the symptoms mentioned above, call us today at (256) 284-7179 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Carroll at the Alabama Chiropractic Spine and Joint Clinic.