Car accident injuries are among the most common reasons why people come to visit us. Dr. Jim Wiseman, our chiropractor in Shreveport and Bossier City, has diagnosed and treated thousands of auto accident injuries in Shreveport over the past 40 years. Among these injuries, whiplash is perhaps the most well-known.
Our Chiropractor In Bossier City & Shreveport Explain: What Is Whiplash?
If you’re in a car accident, your body–restrained by your seat belt–will stop suddenly along with the rest of the vehicle. Your head, meanwhile will continue moving forward (due to Newton’s First Law of Motion, if you want to get nerdy about it!). This causes your neck to rapidly bend forward and back, much like the action of a whip (hence the term whiplash).
This forceful bending and extending leads to a lot of strain and tension on the muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues within your neck. In many cases, this damage can lead to whiplash syndrome.
Symptoms & Symptom Onset of Whiplash
To say that whiplash is a “pain in the neck” is true figuratively and literally–and unfortunately, it can be a lot more than just that! Other common symptoms of whiplash in addition to neck pain, soreness, and tenderness include:
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- TMJ (jaw joint) dysfunction
- Neck stiffness and upper back stiffness
- Shoulder pain
- Numbness, weakness, and tingling in one or both arms
- Difficulty sleeping
- Anxiety and/or depression
Here’s the rub: symptoms of auto accident injuries often don’t show up until days, weeks, or months after the initial event. This is due to the way pain-masking hormones surge during traumatic events and take a long time to level off afterward.
Fortunately, chiropractic care from our Bossier City and Shreveport chiropractor is an excellent resource for relieving or even preventing whiplash symptoms! That’s why Dr. Wiseman encourages anyone who has been in an auto accident come in to see him as soon as possible–even if you don’t think you are suffering from any injuries. Getting a spinal adjustment can be a great neurological and spinal “reset” that can prevent symptoms from developing and help reduce stress and tension within your body that may lead to other dysfunction down the line.
Plus, if you’re struggling with active symptoms of whiplash, we offer many techniques to relieve your symptoms–without the use of drugs or invasive procedures.
Looking for help recovering from your auto accident injuries in Bossier City?
Call Dr. Wiseman today! He and his team provide comprehensive and customized treatment that delivers effective and lasting pain relief. To schedule your appointment with our Bossier City chiropractor, call us today.