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Whiplash is a common injury that’s most often related to auto injuries, contact sports or other high-impact injuries.

The Specific Chiropractic Centers of Boston located in Watertown Square, MA is here to help relieve symptoms both short and long term.

While you may experience soreness, limited muscle movement and overall pain in the neck area, there’s also long-term complications whiplash can cause and Specific Chiropractic adjustments proactively work to help prevent.

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What Does It Mean To Have Whiplash?

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Whiplash is another term used for a neck sprain.

Although it’s usually associated with car accidents, any impact or blow that causes your head to jerk forward or backward can cause a neck sprain.

The sudden force from accidents like these can cause the muscles and ligaments in your neck to stretch or tear.

You may not even think certain activities could cause whiplash, but commonly do.

Some examples are roller coasters, horseback riding, simply tripping and falling or accidents where children are roughhousing.

What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

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At first, you may not notice symptoms.

After a few days to weeks post-injury, you’ll likely notice your body working to try and repair itself.

Symptoms may include:

  • Pain, decreased range of motion, and tightness in the neck. The muscles may feel hard or knotted.
  • Pain when rocking your head from side to side or backward and forward.
  • Pain or stiffness when moving your head to look over each shoulder.
  • Tenderness.
  • Headaches at the base of the skull that radiate towards the forehead.
  • Numbness and tingling in the arms or legs depending on where the sprain occurred.
  • Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue or ringing in the ears.

As soon as you experience a whiplash injury, it’s crucial to get consultation from a Specific Chiropractor.

Our chiropractors at The Specific Chiropractic Centers of Boston will perform a thorough examination including orthopedic/neurologic testing and if necessary will provide x-ray imaging to help examine your injury and determine your chiropractic treatment plan.

Are There Long-Term Symptoms of Whiplash?

While the injury can often fully heal with treatment, there are chances of long-lasting complications that can impact your quality of life, ability to work and your overall nervous system.

Most commonly, untreated whiplash injuries can cause chronic neck pain depending on the severity of trauma to the muscles and ligaments in your neck as well as long term neurologic symptoms.

Call our Specific Chiropractic clinic in Watertown, MA today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly experienced doctors.

How Is Whiplash Diagnosed?

To diagnose neck sprain, our Specific Chiropractors will provide a thorough examination and consultation.

It will involve X-rays, DMX (digital motion X-ray) scans, and other tests to examine the severity of your injury.

How Is Whiplash Treated?

With time and consistent chiropractic treatment, your body should be able to fully heal from a whiplash injury on its own.

At The Specific Chiropractic Centers of Boston, our goal is to support your nervous system’s ability to perform and help naturally heal your injury.

Our Specific Chiropractic approach doesn’t rely on medication, surgery or any invasive processes to aid in your recovery.

Instead of masking symptoms with pain medication, we aim to correct the source of the problem.

Are There Other Pain Management Options I Can Use Along With My Regular Chiropractic Adjustments?

As your body works to hold your adjustments (which helps the body to heal and repair on its own without any surgical or medicinal approach), there are a few other holistic at-home remedies to help minimize pain or discomfort.

Consult your chiropractor before trying these methods, but generally it’s useful to:

  • Ice your neck to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Apply moist heat to your neck — but only after 72 hours post injury. 
  • Specific exercises and stretches may be recommended at the appropriate time during the healing process.
  • You could also try warm, wet towels or taking a warm bath.

Other treatments, like massage, may also help.

Again, it’s important to seek a consultation with our Chiropractors in Watertown, MA first for a personalized pain management recommendation that’s specific to you and the severity of your injury.

How Frequently Will I Need Chiropractic Care After A Whiplash Injury?

Since all injuries and individuals are unique, there’s no way to know the right treatment plan for you until our chiropractors at The Specific Chiropractic Centers of Boston are able to do a thorough evaluation including x-rays and detailed consultation.

Once your Chiropractor determines the severity of your condition and you begin getting regular adjustments, they may recommend less frequent visits over time to monitor and maintain your recovery.

How Often Do Patients See Improvements With A Whiplash Injury?

While we cannot claim to cure or treat any illness or disease, our Chiropractic office has a long list of patient testimonials who felt Specific Chiropractic care was the right choice for them.

While working with our chiropractors at The Specific Chiropractic Centers of Boston, you may also experience relief of other conditions unrelated to your whiplash injury.

For example, patients who receive regular care with us have suggested they also saw improvements in their mental health and other chronic ailments unrelated to their whiplash incident.

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