Whiplash Treatment in Frederick, MD
From car accidents to falls, whiplash can cause painful, unseen injuries that decrease your ability to work, sleep, and enjoy your favorite activities.
Reduce your suffering and get non-invasive relief. Trust Lipinski Chiropractic with your whiplash treatment plan!
At Lipinski Chiropractic, we offer safe, effective treatment for whiplash injuries of all degrees in our office in Frederick, Maryland. Your individualized treatment plan can help you feel better faster, without the side effects that come with other treatment methods.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a neck injury caused by forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. It also can be called neck sprain or strain, although these terms are more broad and include other types of injuries that are not considered whiplash.
Causes of Whiplash
Symptoms of Whiplash
The signs and symptoms associated with a whiplash injury usually develop within days of the initial injury, and may include:
- Neck pain or stiffness
- Increased pain with neck movement
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
- Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back, or arms
- Numbness or tingling in the arms
Some people also experience:
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Sleep disturbance
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
Common Whiplash Treatments
Most people who suffer from whiplash get better after a few weeks. However, many do need some form of treatment to make their whiplash symptoms better.
Here are some common treatments for whiplash:
For most who suffer from whiplash, treatment is largely about managing the pain related to the injury.
Some common pain management tactics include:
- Hot or cold compresses
- Over-the-counter pain medications, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen
- Prescription pain medications
- Muscle relaxers
- Injection medications, such as lidocaine
Performing gentle stretching exercises such as rotating your neck and rolling your shoulders. This can help stretch the muscles gently and relieve pain and inflammation.
If your whiplash injuries are persistent or you experience issues with range of motion as a result of your injuries, you may be referred to a physical therapist.
The physical therapist will give exercises to strengthen your muscles and prevent further injuries.
Although using a foam collar long-term to keep the neck immobile isn’t recommended, preventing too much movement in the neck and shoulders in the 72 hours following your injury can help relieve pain.
How Chiropractic Can Help with Whiplash
Whiplash is caused by an injury of the muscles and tissues in the neck and shoulders. This injury leads to inflammation and pain in these areas.
A chiropractic adjustment can help realign the spine and promote proper blood flow to the muscles and tissues that have been injured, reducing the inflammation and pain.
During your first appointment, Dr. Lipinski will listen to your symptoms and medical history. He conducts a physical examination to determine the extent of your injuries so he can build a targeted treatment plan going forward.
You may feel relief after your first adjustment, but it may take a few sessions before you notice any real change in your pain levels.