How a Chiropractor Helps to Alleviate Shoulder Pain Caused by Whiplash
Whiplash not only causes neck pain, but can also cause shoulder pain. The pain can be in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades. Whiplash can cause injury to soft tissues, muscles, and ligaments. With over 23 years of experience, chiropractor Dr. Gary Martin of Irvine, CA, understands the injuries that whiplash can cause and how to treat them. His quality chiropractic care can fix the source of your pain created by whiplash.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury caused by forced overextension of your neck in one direction, then forcing it back in the opposite direction. This sudden change in direction can cause tissue damage and swelling. The effect on muscles and nerves can cause pain to radiate out to your shoulders.
The number one cause of whiplash is auto accidents. It may take a day or so, but pain and stiffness in your neck extending outward to your shoulders and arms can occur. Other than vehicle accidents, people get whiplash from colliding in sporting events and other impacts causing the head to be jerked back and forth.
Early treatment of whiplash is important to start the healing process. Prolonging treatment can lead to chronic pain problems. Good chiropractic care can help alleviate your pain, heal muscles and tissue, and ensure sure your vertebrae are aligned correctly.
How a Chiropractor Treats Shoulder Pain Resulting from Whiplash
First, your chiropractor will track down the source of your shoulder pain. If your chiropractor determines that a slipped disc is the source of your pain, then he or she will gently work the disc back into place. It may take more than one visit, but putting the disc back in place will keep it from putting pressure on your nerves. This will allow the damaged nerve to heal, relieving the associated pain. Your chiropractor may also give you some exercises to strengthen nearby muscles to keep the disc in place.
If your pain is the result of strained shoulder muscles, your chiropractor will use muscle relaxation or stimulation treatments. Your chiropractor may perform several gentle stretches to get your muscles to relax. With the use of manual adjustments, a chiropractor can pinpoint tight or knotted areas to alleviate your pain.
Dr. Martin of Irvine Will Help to Alleviate Your Pain Quickly
Dr. Martin of Irvine, CA, has over 23 years of alleviating pain and restoring health and wellness. If you are a victim of whiplash, you can trust us and our staff to take good care of you. Call us today to schedule an appointment. Our chiropractic treatment will be tailored for your specific situation.