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Whiplash is far more than a temporary annoyance that forces you to wear a cervical collar, as it's so often portrayed on TV. This potentially devastating injury to the neck, including the cervical vertebrae that support the skull, can leave you suffering all kinds of debilitating symptoms while making it impossible to even turn your head from side to side. If you've sustained a case of whiplash, you want two things: pain relief and prompt, full recovery. That's exactly what our chiropractor in Lexington, Dr. Bastecki, provides here at A. Bastecki Chiropractic and Wellness Center.
True to its name, whiplash is named after the characteristic motion of the lash of a whip. But the structure being lashed isn't a whip -- it's your neck, that delicate assembly of spinal cord, vertebrae, vertebral discs, muscles and cervical nerve roots. The neck is strong and flexible enough to support the weight of your head, both at rest and in motion, but it can't handle the forces imparted to it by a jolt as strong as an automobile collision (even when the car is traveling at low speed). The sudden stop flings the head backward, forward and backward again, straining the neck muscles, pushing the vertebral joints out of alignment and possibly causing discs to herniate onto cervical nerve roots, pinching them and disrupting nerve signals. As you can imagine, this spectrum of damage can create a wide range of symptoms. These include:
It's worth noting that whiplash isn't exclusively an auto injury. A hard jolt or impact from a sports or work accident can also produce the same symptoms and damage.
Our Lexington chiropractor can discuss your symptoms with you and examine your head and neck to confirm a case of whiplash. We can then administer a variety of treatment techniques -- all of them safe, non-surgical, drug-free and highly effective. Chiropractic adjustment is critical for restoring normal vertebral alignment and joint function in the cervical spine; these correction also free pinched nerve tissue, relieving your neurological symptoms. Massage therapy releases the tension typically found in injured muscles while also enhancing blood flow, relieving pain and reducing inflammation. Physical therapy can then help you repair those tissues and reclaim full range of neck and head motion.
If your life is currently defined by the misery of whiplash symptoms, break through those barriers the natural way by contacting our Lexington chiropractic center at (859) 266-2223 for an appointment. Our Lexington chiropractor can help you whip that case of whiplash!