Pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion in your neck can mean many things. However, if you have experienced a sudden jerking motion, often caused by a wonky tackle, car accident or other traumatic events, you could be experiencing whiplash. Learn more about whiplash and how your chiropractor can help with Dr. Jill Hermen at Hermen Health in Minneapolis, MN.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused by a sudden jerking motion, causing the neck to “whip” backwards and forwards. This condition sometimes does not present its symptoms right away; sometimes, it can take up to several weeks after an injury to feel any pain or stiffness. However, it is important to see your chiropractor after an event which causes a back-and-forth motion to your neck, even if you are not experiencing any pain. If caught early, your chiropractor can help you treat your whiplash early to cut down on its future symptoms.
How do I know if I am suffering from whiplash?
The main symptoms of whiplash include:
- neck pain
- neck stiffness
- headaches, usually beginning at the base of the skull
- neck pain which gets worse with movement
- decreased range of motion in the neck
Often, whiplash symptoms occur within 24 hours of an injury, but may present themselves over the course of several weeks. If you believe you have been in an event which may have caused whiplash, you should schedule an appointment with your chiropractor as soon as possible.
Whiplash Diagnosis and Treatment in Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Hermen uses a series of questions to investigate the cause of your whiplash. Be prepared to answer questions regarding when the pain began, what you think caused your whiplash, what makes the pain better or worse, and how long after the event in question your pain began. A physical examination allows Dr. Hermen to see or feel any abnormalities in your neck or shoulders and determine the degree of your range of motion. Imaging tests like x-rays or MRIs help Dr. Hermen see inside of your neck to its connective tissues and bones.
Treatments vary according to the severity of the symptoms, and might include various things. Chiropractic care in the form of manual manipulations help align your neck and spine and relieve pressure to battle pain and stiffness. Treatment may also include physical therapy, massage therapy or a collar to stabilize your neck. Dr. Hermen can help you determine which course of treatment is best for your situation.
For more information on whiplash or chiropractic care, please contact Dr. Hermen at Hermen Health in Minneapolis, MN. Call (612) 339-0149 to schedule your chiropractic appointment today!