Overview and Facts From Our Edmonds Whiplash Doctor
At Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage, our whiplash doctor provides the treatment you need to find natural relief from your pain and symptoms. Our very own Dr. Daryll Marshall-Inman has more than 20 years of experience in treating patients in the Edmonds, Lynnwood, Seattle, and surrounding areas, providing the compassionate and knowledgeable care needed.
Whiplash is one of the more common injuries we treat here in our office, so if you've recently been injured in an auto accident or other otherwise suffering from whiplash symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment.
Understanding Whiplash and Its Symptoms
Auto accidents are by far the most common causes of whiplash, but it's important to note that other activities or accidents can also result in whiplash. Either way, whiplash occurs when abrupt forces cause the spine to temporarily take on an unnatural "S" shape as the head and upper spine remains mostly still and the lower (lumbar) spine is sent forward. This, in turn, results in damage to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles surrounding the spine.
Often times, whiplash symptoms don't become apparently right away and may not show up for 12-24 hours after the accident, leaving people with the assumption that they are uninjured. However, as symptoms present themselves, they usually involve severe stiffness of the neck and/or back, as well as neck, back, or shoulder pain. In more severe cases of whiplash, tingling/numbness, as well as balance and coordination problems may also be experienced. If you have recently been in an accident are suffering from any of these symptoms, it is important that you seek medical attention so you can be evaluated as soon as possible.
Facts About Whiplash
One of the most common misconceptions people have about whiplash is that it only happens in high-speed impacts. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, whiplash can occur in accidents where speeds are as low as 5 mph. And while car accidents are the most common cause of this injury, you can also suffer from whiplash from any number of other accidents, such as while:
riding a roller coaster
It is also worth noting that whiplash can occur to anybody, regardless of age or stature. While aging does increase your risk of suffering from whiplash due to a natural loss of flexibility and strength, people of all ages are very susceptible to this injury and its side effects.
How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help Your Whiplash Injury
If you're suffering from whiplash, the good news is that we offer treatment and symptom management here at Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage. Our treatments are holistic, so you don't have to worry about the potential risks and side effects that may otherwise come along with invasive treatment procedures or prescription medications.
One of the most common chiropractic treatments we recommend for whiplash is that of spinal adjustment. This manual chiropractic technique involves carefully manipulating the spine so as to correct alignment issues that may have occurred during your accident. This, in turn, helps to relieve pressure and pain points on the nerves while also promoting improved blood and oxygen circulation. This treatment can help you find pain relief while also loosening up tight muscles and encouraging your body's own natural healing processes.
Schedule an Appointment With Our Edmonds Doctor
To find out more about our whiplash treatment options or to schedule an appointment with our Edmonds doctor, give Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage a call today at (425) 361-1839. We'd be happy to find an appointment date and time that works with your busy schedule!