Driving around Manhattan can be tricky, which means auto accident injuries are common. Neck pain caused by whiplash is one of the most common post-accident issues we diagnose and manage at Balanced Health Medical. Our gorgeous and spacious clinic is where our medical and chiropractic team works together to provide holistic pain relief solutions for men and women in need.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is synonymous with a neck strain. It occurs when the neck rapidly and forcefully bends forward and backward, which you can easily imagine happening during an auto accident or another type of personal injury, like a sudden slip and fall.
Any or all of the tissues in the cervical spine (neck) can become inflamed and irritated due to whiplash, including the nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, joints, and discs.
Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash—And When They Show Up
As a leading cause of neck pain, whiplash certainly presents many different types of problems! Common symptoms include:
- Reduced cervical range of motion in one or multiple directions (the pain may increase with certain movements)
- Shoulder pain and tenderness
- Tingling and/or numbness in the arms
- Jaw pain
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Memory and mood dysfunction
- Difficulty sleeping
Many people notice these symptoms almost immediately following an auto accident (or whatever incident precipitated their whiplash syndrome). For others, signs and symptoms develop gradually over time—sometimes even weeks or months later. Stress hormones surge during traumatic incidents and may block pain until they return to their baseline levels.
The main takeaway? It's a good idea to consult with a chiropractor ASAP following an auto accident, even if you feel perfectly fine. It's possible that you have underlying inflammation and injury in your neck without being aware of right away.
How a Manhattan Chiropractor Relieves Whiplash
At Balanced Health Medical, you get the chance to work with a Manhattan chiropractor—Dr. Elijah Manfredi or Dr. John Calabria—who will take the time to get to know you, understand your current and past history, and help you clarify your health goals. This way, you can heal efficiently from whiplash, avoid chronic dysfunction, and optimize your overall wellness.
Our customizable services are highly effective for reducing pain, inflammation, stiffness, and other symptoms associated with whiplash syndrome. These include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Physical rehabilitation and exercises
- Massage therapy
- Spinal decompression (great for releasing compressed nerves from joints or discs jarred out of place!)
Are You or a Loved One Dealing with Neck Pain After an Auto Accident? Contact Balanced Health Medical Today!
If you sustained whiplash from a motor vehicle accident, connect with our Manhattan chiropractor team at Balanced Health Medical by calling (212) 755-1717.