Whiplash Treatment for Monmouth County Patients at Red Bank Chiropractic Office

Whiplash is the term used to describe the symptoms following an injury to the soft tissues of the neck. This condition is caused by any abnormal motion or force applied to the neck that causes movement not within the normal range of motion.

Whiplash is generally associated with auto accidents, which are the leading cause of the condition. In this case, whiplash usually occurs when an automobile is hit from behind. It can also be caused by sports injuries or a blow to the head from a falling object. In less acute cases, whiplash may be attributed to repetitive stress injuries.

Symptoms of whiplash may be apparent immediately following the initial injury, or can take time to develop. When symptoms appear very quickly, it is a sign that serious damage has occurred.

Whiplash can be experienced as any of the following symptoms:

• Pain in the neck or along the back of the neck

• Muscle spasms

• Swelling in the neck

• Shooting pains that travel from the neck down to the arms or shoulders

• Headache

• An inability to move the neck

Whiplash should be treated as soon as it is detected; to ignore the issue may result in a chronic pain situation and lead to other health concerns. Chronic pain is a more difficult condition to treat. If whiplash is never properly addressed, it can ultimately lead to surgery or, even worse, the effects of long term dependence on pain medications.

Whiplash and Chiropractic

Whiplash can cause an abnormal curvature in the neck. When viewed from the side, the neck should have a c-shaped curve between 40 and 60 degrees. In a normal, healthy position, this cervical lordosis (neck curvature) allows the spinal cord to remain soft and facilitates the flow of blood and nerves to the rest of the body. With whiplash, the soft tissues of the neck are damaged and the normal curve of the neck is compromised.

Chiropractic care for whiplash works to correct the cause of pain and other symptoms; it is more than simply a treatment for the pain itself. Chiropractic can increase joint and postural movement, and can help to reduce pain and inflammation.

Chiropractic treatment is centered on correcting misalignments of the spine (including the cervical, or neck, spine). Studies have proven that chiropractic care is an effective option for whiplash sufferers. One such study, documented in the Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine, confirmed this fact by discovering that 93% of study participants (whiplash patients) benefited from chiropractic care.*

The authors of the study delved further into the issue and interviewed one hundred patients with chronic whiplash (a more difficult condition to treat), and found that 74% of patients experienced an improvement in chronic whiplash symptoms following chiropractic treatment.

Whiplash Treatment at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

The Doctors of Chiropractic at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation use a technique known as Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP). This chiropractic method specializes in correcting abnormal spinal structure such as the unhealthy neck curvature associated with whiplash. With CBP, our facility focuses on the overall positioning of the spine in order to address both the cause and symptoms of whiplash.

In whiplash cases associated with auto accidents, New Jersey law ensures that all auto insurance policies carry the personal injury protection that extends to chiropractic care for whiplash. Please contact our Red Bank rehabilitation facility as soon as you have experienced a traumatic event to learn more about how we can help.

*Khan S, Cook J, Gargan M, Bannister G. Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine 1999; 21 (1): 22–25