Whiplash Treatment Baltimore, MD
One of the most frequent car accident injuries we treat at Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic is whiplash, and if you are looking for Baltimore, MD whiplash treatment, you’ve come to the right place. Our whiplash doctors know that this type of injury is also one of the most contested injuries by car insurance companies who often accuse victims of faking their injury. The truth is that whiplash can be a very painful – and dangerous – injury and needs to be treated promptly and properly. When you need whiplash treatment in Baltimore, MD, contact Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic.
Whiplash occurs when there is an injury to the neck, medically referred to as the cervical spine, that is caused by this area become hyperflexed or hyperextended. Quite often, the force of the impact of a car crash – especially a front- or rear-end crash – causes the neck to jerk backward and forward. This stretches and pulls the ligaments, muscles, and tendons of the neck beyond where they should be stretched and can cause tearing of these soft tissues. Some of this damage can be permanent. Baltimore, MD whiplash treatment is also for whiplash victims who have suffered injury to the vertebral discs located in the neck area. The crash can cause the discs to bulge, rupture, or tear.
Symptoms of whiplash injury include the following:
- Blurred vision
- Burning, numbness, piercing, and/or pain that radiates in the face, jaw, neck, shoulders, shoulder blades, and arms. This usually indicates a tear to a ligament or muscle.
- Difficulty swallowing
- Headaches, particularly behind the eyes
- Pain in any of the extremities
- Ringing in the ears
- Sharp pain when moving an extremity. This could indicate an injury or damage to one or more discs.
During whiplash treatment in Baltimore, Maryland, a chiropractor can also treat the headaches that often accompany whiplash injuries, as well as chronic headaches a patient may suffer from. Many people suffer from headaches that quickly go from mild to debilitating pain, often accompanied by nausea. Victims may seek relief from over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, and ice packs placed on the neck or forehead, depending on where the pain is emanating from.
There are many reasons why someone may suffer from chronic headaches besides injuries from a car accident. A whiplash doctor from Baltimore knows that bright lights, excessive noise, and even certain foods can trigger a migraine or severe headache.
There have been multiple studies that have shown that patients could receive positive outcomes and benefits from chiropractic and whiplash treatments in Baltimore, MD rather than using just medication to treat the conditions. A whiplash doctor can use his or her expertise in spinal manipulation of the cervical spine area and bring relief to the patient’s pain. Other treatment methods a whiplash doctor can offer which have also proven to provide positive results in the treatment of chronic headaches are relaxation training, thermal biofeedback, electromyographic biofeedback, and acupuncture.
Acupuncture as a Baltimore, MD Whiplash Treatment
Whiplash is an injury that is often associated with car accidents. Whiplash occurs due to rapid acceleration and deceleration of the neck area. The impact from a car collision can cause the neck to jolt quickly forward and back past its normal range. As noted above, symptoms of whiplash can include burning, stiffness, numbness, limited range of motion, and more. Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that has become utilized in western culture.
Acupuncture treatments entail administering very thin needles strategically into various areas of the body, to promote healing, increase blood flow, and reduce stagnant energy. When acupuncture is used to treat whiplash, those who recently were part of an automobile accident can experience positive results.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Those who have been through car collisions, are likely to report symptoms such as neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, back pain, anxiety, blurry vision, dizziness, and depression. After an examination, a doctor may find cervical strain, cervical spine fractures, ruptured ligaments, muscle tears, cervical disc herniation, and/or cervical facet-joint damage has occurred. Acupuncture can be a highly effective approach to treating whiplash, as it can assist in alleviating symptoms while encouraging the healing process too.
Chinese medicine categorizes whiplash injuries into three types of tendon-related issues, including deviated tendon, tendon in abnormal positioning, and tendon knotted. Another cause of whiplash can be blood clots that develop in the area, leading to blocked blood circulation and poor liver functioning.
Whiplash and Stagnant Qi
Physically traumatic incidents can wreak havoc on the human body. Damage to soft tissue of the neck, upper back, and mid back can cause stagnation of Qi (energy). Acupuncture has become increasingly popular for those who need relief of pain due to a whiplash injury. In fact, conventional doctors may suggest their patients see an acupuncturist for a consultation. After a car accident, acupuncture can help treat whiplash by:
- Relieving severity of pain
- Improving ability to manage whiplash injury
- Helping regulate a person’s emotional and mental health (such as anxiety, depression, fear, worry, and sadness that resulted from the accident)
- Increasing energy levels
- Enhancing overall quality of life
- Reducing a person’s need to rely on prescription pain and anti-inflammatory medication
- Helping a person become more able to perform the tasks they used to on a daily basis prior to the accident
The Flow of Qi
In Chinese medicine, it is believed that if there is free flow throughout the human body, there is no pain. But, if something disrupts this flow of blood circulation and energy, pain can arise. Energy and blood circulation within the system must be a constant, smooth flow.
With a whiplash injury, the Qi can get stagnant which then slows down blood to the injured area. This can result in tendon and muscle damage, along with stiff joint mobility. Long-term energy and blood stagnation can eventually turn into an even more complicated condition. Other body fluids can get obstructed too, causing channel blockage followed by pain, decreased sensitivity, joint discomfort, and numbness.
If you have suffered injuries in a car accident and would like to find out more information on how whiplash treatment Baltimore, MD patients recommend can help you, contact Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic today.