Every year, at least 3 million Americans report sustaining whiplash from car accidents, although the number of people suffering is probably higher. As many of our South Arlington car accident injury patients can verify, low-speed auto accidents often present delayed symptoms. In fact, the back and neck pain associated with these types of injuries often appears hours, days or even weeks later. By the time a person is in pain, they may not be able to draw the connection between their pain and the accident. Furthermore, pain medications only cover the problem without solving it. This is why Dr. Jacobs urges people seek care promptly after any car accident.
Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries we treat, although there are many others. During a collision, gravitational forces jolt the most vulnerable parts of the body (the head and neck), causing an unnatural lateral shearing motion between neck vertebrae. These forces damage proper curvature of the cervical spine while also straining the delicate network of muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc. that supports the weight of the head (9-12 lbs in the average adult). If you recently suffered a South Arlington car accident injury and struggle with symptoms such as neck pain, back pain, headaches, fatigue, vision problems, difficulty sleeping or shoulder pain, please call us right away. Dr. Jacobs will first listen to your story and then give you a complete exam to determine where car accident injuries are causing pain.
Once she understands the full extent of your injury, she will tailor a treatment plan geared toward helping you heal. Treatment usually involves gentle, precise spinal adjustment techniques that can realign misaligned vertebrae to relieve pinched nerves or any nerve interference. By using the Cox Technique and other adjustment methods, Dr. Jacobs can realign your musculoskeletal system to restore natural alignment and function. This frequently leads to welcome pain relief.
Therapeutic massage is also an important aspect of treatment for car accident injuries like whiplash. While spinal adjustments work to realign the bones, massage works to heal injured soft tissues so that they can return to normal function and range of motion while properly supporting spinal alignment. Therapeutic massage relieves tension and muscle knots, increases circulation, reduces inflammation and also stimulates endorphin release for natural pain relief.
In addition to chiropractic adjustments and massage, Dr. Jacobs uses several other physiotherapy techniques to help people achieve full recovery from their car accident injuries. We use cold laser therapy, cryotherapy, interferential muscle stimulation and moist heat therapy to relieve extremity, neck and back pain. We also teach our patients therapeutic exercises and stretching moves that increase strength and flexibility in previously injured tissues.