Whiplash Treatment From Our Odessa Chiropractor at Back Pain Institute of West Texas
Whiplash can send your quality of life screeching to a halt. This common aftermath of auto accidents wreaks havoc on the tissues, joints, vertebrae and nerves of the neck, leaving you with a host of overwhelming symptoms. But help is available, and without drugs or surgery -- thanks to our Odessa chiropractor at Back Pain Institute of West Texas, Dr. Mehaffey.
The "What" and "Why" of Whiplash
Whiplash is the collective term for a multitude of injuries that occur when your head flies back and forth with enough force (like the lash of a whip) to damage the neck. Auto accidents are the most infamous cause of whiplash injuries. Even if your car is barely moving when it's suddenly forced to a stop, your head is still likely to go flying. Hyperextension and hyperflexion of the neck strains muscles and other soft tissues; it can also alter your cervical vertebral alignment to the point that your neck curvature actually changes. This places the vertebral joints under strains and affects the function. Cervical misalignment can even promote herniated discs that pinch cervical nerve roots.
These various injuries produce an equally varied range of symptoms. If you've sustained a case of whiplash, you may be experiencing:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Shoulder pain
- Headache and migraine symptoms
- Impaired vision
- Troubling thinking clearly or remembering things
Don't delay your whiplash treatment in Odessa. The longer you put it off, the higher the odds that your damaged, dislocated tissues' attempts to heal themselves may make things even worse, especially once the development of internal scar tissue limits your pain-free motion. Some people don't get the help they need because they don't even realize that they have whiplash -- their symptoms have been delayed by shock and adrenalin, and in the meantime they're exerting their injured tissues and doing further damage. Whether you're in pain or not, always get a musculoskeletal evaluation whenever you've been in an auto accident or other traumatic event.
How Our Odessa Auto Accident Chiropractor Can Help
Our Odessa auto accident chiropractor can diagnose whiplash accurately and efficiently by studying your cervical spinal alignment, discussing your symptoms and the details of the incident with you as well. This enables us to administer personalized whiplash treatment in Odessa, using such safe and effective techniques as:
- Chiropractic adjustment to restore normal alignment and joint function in your neck
- Spinal decompression to deal with herniated discs and pinched nerves
- Massage and cold laser therapy to soothe soft tissues, speed healing, and relieve neck pain or shoulder pain
- Corrective exercises to help you stretch and strengthen your way back to health
Take control over your whiplash concerns at Back Pain Institute of West Texas. Call our chiropractor in Odessa at (432) 332-3388 today to schedule an evaluation and treatment!