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Whiplash Trauma Injury Chiropractor Treatment Charlotte NC

If you’ve been involved in an auto accident or suffered a severe fall, you may need whiplash injury treatment. Charlotte, NC area residents involved in such accidents should seek chiropractic care immediately for a whiplash trauma examination.

The most common type of spinal injury seen in the Charlotte, NC area is whiplash. Caused by a sudden backwards and forwards motion of the head, whiplash can cause serious physical damage. Symptoms of whiplash may not develop for days after the accident.

Get started on your treatment today by calling 704-392-1338.

Understanding a Whiplash Injury

The medical term for whiplash is a hyper flexion/hyper tension injury, and it affects the neck – the most vulnerable portion of the spinal column. For example, in an auto accident, when a vehicle is struck, the force causes the head to be thrown violently forward and then backwards (or vice versa), damaging the neck vertebrae, neck ligaments or both. Symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Stiffness or achiness in the neck or back
  • Headaches
  • Pain, burning or numbness in the shoulders, neck, or arms
  • Restriction of movement (limited range of motion)
  • Numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms or legs
  • Mid or lower back pain, often increasing with motion
  • Chest Pain (If suffering from this symptom contact emergency medical services immediately)

Delayed Whiplash Symptoms

When it comes to car accident whiplash treatment, our chiropractors often hear the same story from patients: “It didn’t hurt right away, so I thought I was fine.” This is especially common after a minor car accident. Only days or weeks later does damage begin to cause pain or discomfort, and only then does the patient seek out a whiplash injury chiropractor. Early evaluation and detection provides the best opportunity for a complete recovery.

Contact Keith Clinic West for answers to your questions.

Charlotte, NC chiropractor Dr. Tom Brown recommends making an appointment to check your spine after any accident, no matter how minor it seems. A 10-mph fender-bender may not seem like much, but your neck is not a car bumper. Hospital tests may rule out fractures or bone breaks. However, the resulting neck or spine injury may be more severe than you realize, and you need to undergo a functional motion evaluation to rule out possible spinal trauma and avoid long term pain and degenerative ailments.

Complications of a Whiplash Trauma Injury

Chiropractic practitioners, Dr. Brown and Dr. Byrd, have thirty years of experience treating whiplash trauma cases and workplace related injuries in Charlotte NC. They understand how serious such injuries are, and they treat them accordingly.

Possible complications of whiplash include vertebral dysfunction, torn spinal ligaments, subluxation of the vertebrae, connective soft tissue damage and inter-vertebral spine injuries.

Without prompt whiplash injury care, you can suffer needless pain and discomfort while running the risk of causing permanent spinal or neck damage. If you experience a car accident, a slip or fall, contact the staff of Dr. Tom Brown’s Keith Clinic West Charlotte, NC today for a whiplash examination and chiropractic care.