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Do You Feel Like You Have Been Jerked Around?

By Tom Herrin

There are certainly all kinds of back and neck injuries.  Causes vary widely.  Many have to do with strains while lifting or reaching.  Others may be a little more complex.  Some even have delayed effects or effects that may seem to never go away.  A whiplash injury is usually the result of an accident in which someone is jarred severely.  Automobile accidents are probably the most common cause, but there are others.  It can cause a long lasting pain.  If you feel pain from being jerked around, a trip to a chiropractor may be the surest place to find relief.

What Happens

Accidents are just that, something that is unplanned and unexpected.  In that case of a whiplash, the muscles normally don’t have time to react enough to provide even the slightest protection.  This allows the joint, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels.  More often than not, symptoms don’t show up until a few hours or a few days later.  This may be part of the initial problem with a diagnosis, people may not immediately recall the accident.  Without adequate treatment, the pain can last for years.    

How Does Treatment Work?

When it is possible, icing these injuries can help.  The problem comes in when the pain occurs later.  Patients are often advised to avoid caffeine, likely to avoid too much stimulation and allow relaxation.  A manipulation will be done in the neck and some kind of massage therapy may be used.  There are several other resources the chiropractor may have available.  Some kind of exercise program will probably be suggested to keep the muscles and joints moving as well as increase the ability to provide support.  This more natural method of pain relief will be more lasting help people to regain full use sooner.

Regular Visits Are Important

In the case of whiplash, you are sure to want to have more follow-up visits.  This can help all of the joints working well and continue to support the injured area.  At The Joint Chiropractic, they have plans that can work with that whiplash treatment.  No insurance is required, no appointments are necessary.  They are open days and evenings, weekdays and weekends at all of their more than 390 locations nationwide.  You don’t have to wait until you have whiplash in order to drop in today at The Joint Chiropractic.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Clayton, Mo.


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