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 lower back. Sometimes symptoms aren’t felt until days, weeks, or months after whiplash has occurred.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help You


Dr. Provasoli will look 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.
To help identify the cause of your problem, Dr. Provasoli will discuss the details of your accident or injury, your symptoms, and any previous injuries with you.


Physical Exam & X-rays


Physical, orthopedic, and neurological 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. 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.


Treatment


Depending on the extent of your injury, Dr. Provasoli 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, while relieving pain and stiffness. He may recommend other treatment for strengthening your neck muscles or for relieving muscle tension and pain, including moist heat, ice packs, trigger point therapy, a cervical collar or special exercises..


Robert Provasoli, D.C., PS
Chiropractic Physician

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