Most commonly seen in car accidents, whiplash injuries are usually characterized by quick extension followed immediately by quick flexion of the cervical spine (neck). This rapid movement first back, then forward, leads to a shearing of the discs, ligaments, and muscles. The shearing force leads to severe damage to the foundation of the neck and lower back. Although most people think of neck pain in a whiplash injury, often lower back pain results as well due to the supporting ligaments and musculature being overridden by the force causing damage. Recovery from a whiplash injury is important to address as soon as possible. If not appropriately managed, symptoms linger and present as chronic flare ups.
Whiplash is treated with frequent, extensive muscle work including Active Release Technique (ART), Graston Technique, and massage therapy to remove muscle adhesions, scar tissue, and to improve nervous flow. Chiropractic adjustments to the corresponding joints to restore joint mobility and decrease pain. Neurokinetic Technique (NKT) is an important tool used to identify and eliminate the muscle compensation patterns the body develops when neck and low back tissues are injured. Physical therapy is the final key component to rebuild the muscle foundation and restore proper muscle strength with functional exercises.
The Boulder Chiropractors and team at Boulder Sports Clinic have treated whiplash injuries and had success in hundreds of cases. Make an appointment today to get Whiplash neck and low back pain relief.