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Auto Accidents and Whiplash Injuries

biomechanics of whiplash injury

The most common type of injury that occurs in an automobile accident is a strain/sprain to the neck and back.  This is also known as a “whiplash” injury and is the result of the head being thrown violently back and forth like a whip.  Most often, the injury occurs to the individual in the vehicle that is hit from behind and can cause damage to the muscles, ligaments and vertebra of the spine.  This results in neck pain, back pain, headaches and TMJ disorders.

Doctors of Chiropractic are specialists in treating these types of injuries.  When a whiplash occurs, ligaments are torn, muscles are stretched and vertebra becomes misaligned.  This is what causes pain, swelling, burning, numbness or tightness in the spine.  Treatment is designed to relieve pain, inflammation and swelling as well as to insure proper healing of the damaged tissue to prevent long-term problems.  Treatments may include

·        Gentle spinal manipulation

·        Rehabilitative exercise

·        Nutraceutical pain relievers

·        Soft tissue or massage therapy

·        Cold laser

Chiropractic treatment is safe and effective in relieving pain, restoring normal spinal function and getting you back to work and recreation as quickly as possible.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Northwest Wellness in Federal Way, WA at 253-927-0660