Whiplash

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, and in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
---Attributed to Thomas Edison

What Is Chiropractic Care?

There’s nothing mysterious about chiropractic. It’s a natural method of health care that treats the causes of physical problems rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: With a normally functioning spine and a healthy lifestyle, your body is better able to heal itself. That’s because the spinal cord, which is protected by the spine, is the main pathway of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, and function throughout your body.

Dr. Weber’s education includes nine years of training in the sciences and health care, leading to a doctorate of chiropractic (DC) degree. He works to restore your health and guides you in a personalized approach to overall wellness-through spinal care, exercise, good nutrition, and stress management.

 

 

What Is Whiplash?

When a sudden accident or injury hurls your head backward and forward, your neck gets thrown out of balance. The force can damage parts of your neck and reverse its natural curve. This may even cause pain in your shoulders, arms, hands, and low back. Sometimes symptoms aren’t felt until days, weeks, or months after whiplash has occurred.

 

 

 

Can Chiropractic Care Help Me?

Dr. Weber looks at your overall health--focusing not only on your neck, but also on your lifestyle. This integrated approach helps determine the best treatment for your whiplash.

History

To help identify the cause of your problem, you and Dr. Weber will discuss the details of your accident or injury, your symptoms, any previous injuries, and your lifestyle, including recreational and work-related physical activities.

Physical Exam

Physical, orthopedic (bone and muscle), and neurological (nerve) tests can reveal the condition of your neck and the rest of your spine. Static and motion palpation tests check for pain, stiffness, restricted range of motion, and swelling.

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As "blueprints" of your spine, x-rays can reveal problems such as misaligned bones that cause a reversed curve. Other tests will be done, if necessary.

Diagnosis

Based on the examination and findings, Dr. Weber may recommend an individualized treatment program to improve the alignment and mobility of your neck and reduce your pain. If needed, he will also consult with other medical specialists about your condition.

 

How Does a Chiropractor Treat Whiplash?

Dr. Weber is uniquely qualified to restore the health of your spine. Special chiropractic techniques may relieve the pressure that is causing your neck pain.

Spinal Adjustments

Depending on the extent of your injury, Dr. Weber may locate misaligned vertebrae in your neck and manually apply gentle pressure to reposition the vertebrae. These adjustments can improve your neck’s balance, mobility, and strength, all relieving pain and stiffness.

Related Treatment

Dr. Weber may recommend other types of treatment for strengthening your neck muscles or relieving muscle tension and pain. These treatments may include moist heat or ice packs, muscle therapy, a cervical collar, or physical therapy along with specific exercises. Dr. Weber will be discussing these with you personally.

What Can I Do to Keep My Neck in Shape?

Smart Support

Reduce pressure on your neck by keeping your spine in line with the right posture. Also, Dr. Weber can tell you about simple exercises for increasing the strength and flexibility of your neck.

Spinal Checkups

Just as you need regular dental exams, you also need regular spinal exams. Chiropractic care is one of the best ways to strengthen your neck and the rest of your spine. In addition to helping you recover from whiplash, your doctor of chiropractic can help you and your family prevent future spinal problems.

 

 

 

 


 

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