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What You Need to Know About Whiplash Neck Injuries

  So often with fender benders and auto accidents, what starts out as a nagging discomfort, slowly turns into more serious health problems that can begin to affect both your work and home life. Whiplash neck injuries are caused by an abrupt backward and/or forward jerking motion of the head, often as a result of a car accident. In this event, the intervertebral joints (located between vertebrae), discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots may become damaged. People who experience whiplash may develop one or more of the following symptoms, usually within the first few days after the injury:

Neck pain and stiffness
Headaches Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
Low back pain
Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand
Dizziness
Difficulty concentrating or remembering
Irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue
 

If you have recently been in a motor vehicle accident, are feeling neck pain, and even experiencing some of the other symptoms on the list above, do not ignore what your body is telling you. Years ago, whiplash neck injuries were often treated with immobilization in a cervical collar. However, the current trend is to encourage early movement instead of immobilization. Rio Rancho’s answer to this, and many other ailments, are the caring chiropractors at Health Quest Chiropractic. We can provide whiplash treatment for you, delicately moving your body in a way that brings relief. In fact, we are specialized whiplash experts!

We provide natural and effective drug free pain management for those with whiplash. The first step is for us to run a series of neurological studies using our NASA certified technology originally developed to access astronauts. These nerve studies will measure inflammation and muscle imbalances around your brain stem caused by your car accident. If we find we can help, you typically will not have any out of pocket expense. Whether the accident was your fault or someone else’s, car insurance is designed to cover such medical expenses. We will investigate for you upfront so that you do not have to pay for any of your care related to the auto accident out of your own pocket. Schedule your appointment at one of four locations today!