Statistics show that nearly 20-30 million people across the globe are injured or disabled every year due to auto accidents. What is even more alarming is that 43% all such unfortunate accidents occur due to distracted or drowsy driving. In auto accidents, injuries differ on the basis of severity of the impact. A major and near fatal injury very commonly reported is whiplash. It often goes unnoticed at the first glance because it does not leave any marks on the skin. But later on the pain and the consequences can be very alarming.
Symptoms of Whiplash
When ligaments and soft muscle tissue of the neck get stretched beyond the permissible and painless limit of their motion, whiplash injuries occur. The injury does not show symptoms then and there, but gradually shoots up the pain. The neck becomes stiff and immovable in all directions. In case of graver injuries, irritation numbness in the shoulder and arms is experienced along with loss of strength in the arms. Some people also experience headaches and temporomandibular joint dysfunction .
Most medical practitioners prescribe drugs like hydrocodone and oxycodone which are opioids. These severely reduce your alertness and
reflexes. The feeling of trauma, anxiety and sleeping disorder is treated with anti-depressants like Valium, Xanax, Ambien, and Sonataiety. These drugs all work on the pain only. They help to numb the pain and the trauma, induce sleep but don’t repair the muscle injury or the vertebral misalignments. On the other hand, these drugs harbor serious side-effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding, liver damage, heart conditions and other cardiovascular abnormalities
Chiropractic Care for Whiplash Injuries
While discussing whiplashes, or of its treatment, the only thing that gains prominence is the “Soft tissue”. No matter how excruciating the pain or how horrifying the trauma of the accident, the injury lies in the muscles discs and ligaments outlining the neck which we call “Soft Tissue”. Unlike conventional medicine which only numbs the pain, chiropractics aims to cure the injury to the soft tissue. Chiropractic adjustment, massage therapies, structural and neurological treatments are few of the most effective, safe and side-effect-free techniques cure such Accident injuries.
Scientific Treatment of Whiplash
A revolutionary technique in the treatment of whiplash injuries is the use of the Sigma Adjuster. It is a niche Chiropractic invention that has radically transformed the way practitioners used to diagnose and treat injuries. In case of both minor subluxations and fatal accidents, completely shifting vertebrae, discs and tearing muscles, the Sigma Adjuster very efficiently gets to the root of the problem. Fatal accidents often result in the vertebrae shifting out of optimal position, making them either too rigid or too flaccid, putting unnecessary pressure on the spinal nerves, straining the surrounding muscles and causing damage to the “soft tissue” around the disturbed area. The Sigma Adjuster uses smart computerized software, to determine the amount of stiffness or fluid along the Spinal arrangement. Using Hi-Tech Computer sensors of the device, the chiropractor can measure the response from each muscle joints along the whiplash areas, while interactive graphical charts make it easier to locate the exact inflammation area. After a comprehensive analysis of the injury, the Sigma Adjuster is used to treat the injury by placing it on the problem vertebra and using its series of controlled taps to align the vertebra along the optimal position.
Like it is said, prevention is better than cure, we need to be alert while driving since a major cause of the accident is faulty or careless driving. Chiropractics provides side-effect free treatment unlike conventional prescription drugs. Chiropractics implements manipulative treatments ranging from Spinal adjustments to strength exercises in order to address Whiplash injuries. At PPHC, we use both traditional as well as modern approach to sure accident injuries. Contact us to get effective treatment for all accident injuries and lead a healthy life.