As one of the leading auto accident chiropractors in Springfield, MA, we treat many people who have been involved in collisions. Unfortunately, auto accidents are all too common in Massachusetts, with the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety reported more than 116,000 car accidents in 2010 alone. The vast majority of victims walk away with some bumps, bruises and other mild injuries that would be considered ‘minor’ by the standards of conventional medicine. Left untreated, however, these injuries can worsen and cause long term pain and disability.
Whiplash, for example, is one of the most common injuries suffered in an accident due to the rapid back-and-forth motion caused by an abrupt collision. There are more than 200,000 cases of whiplash diagnosed in the U.S. every year – most of them as a result of car accidents. Whiplash typically occurs when a vehicle is rear-ended, causing strain to the soft connective tissues in the neck.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Whiplash often goes unnoticed immediately after an accident. As the adrenaline wears off and inflammation sets in, a car accident victim may begin to notice increasing pain and stiffness in the neck. The pain may be mild or severe, and it may also be constant or only present when attempting to move the head side-to-side or backward and forward. Many people with whiplash describe:
- Tight muscles
- Pain that spreads through the neck
- Headaches that radiate from the neck to the forehead
How soon should I see a Springfield, MA chiropractor for whiplash treatment?
If you do not have a concussion or life-threatening injuries, we recommend seeing a chiropractor as soon as possible following a collision. Sometimes, pain from whiplash and other auto accident injuries does not set in for many hours or days after a collision. Early diagnosis and treatment, however, can expedite the recovery process and prevent future complications.
What is the standard treatment for whiplash in Springfield, MA?
Since no two patients are exactly the same, we prefer to customize car accident treatments according to individual needs. If you are diagnosed with whiplash, we will personalize your care with the goal of minimizing pain, restoring mobility, and facilitating a healthy and natural healing process within the body. This may include the use of chiropractic adjustments, stretches, and rehabilitative exercises, as well as the use of alternative therapies like massage and therapeutic ultrasound.
If you have been injured in a car accident or think you may be experiencing the symptoms of whiplash, contact our office to schedule a consultation. As an auto injury chiropractor in Springfield, MA, Dr. Dion and his team is trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of whiplash. Call us today, and let us help you begin the road to recovery. We look forward to serving you soon.