If you have recently been involved in an auto accident, you may be experiencing stiffness in the neck, headaches, migraines, or shoulder pain. All these symptoms may be an indication of whiplash. Dr. John Gehnrich of Rhino Chiropractic is an experienced Doctor of Chiropractic in Rockville Centre, New York. His intuitive Holistic Wellness approach to whiplash has helped numerous patients recover from whiplash injuries and return to their normal, healthy lives.
Whiplash is a traumatic injury that occurs normally during an auto accident, or when the head and neck are violently moved from an outside stimulus. During this intense, sudden movement, the muscles and ligaments in the neck are suddenly extended beyond their normal range of motion. For example, a car accident can whip the cervical spine backward and forwards very quickly which results in this kind of overextension in the neck. This injury causes the muscles to work improperly and can often cause unwelcome pain in the head, shoulders, and neck.
Most patients believe that whiplash injuries only occur during car accidents. However, the reality is these injuries can occur in almost any form of physical activity. Sports, a simple fall, or even just a force to the back can cause whiplash. No matter what the cause is, Dr. John Gehnrich is an experienced chiropractor who can safely support your body’s natural recovery process.
Some of the common symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, headaches at the base of the skull, migraines, and pain in and around the shoulders. A person with whiplash may find it hurts to move there neck or head, and are constantly rubbing their neck or shoulders. In addition to these symptoms, whiplash injuries can also have a cognitive impact. People suffering may have difficulty concentrating on simple tasks and may find it difficult to sleep as well. Whiplash injury symptoms may be delayed by 24 hours or possibly even longer following the initial injury, so do not hesitate to contact an experienced Chiropractor if you believe that you may be suffering from Whiplash.
To see Dr. John's initial assessment of his patients, visit our What to Expect page. In the early phases of whiplash care, Dr. John will gently adjust and stretch any section that has swelling. At Rhino Chiropractic. Dr. John fully believes in the power of the body to heal itself, and Dr. John's expertise comes in aligning the body properly to allow the body to just that. Chiropractic adjustments will support correct any misalignments in the cervical spine to relieve stress on the nearby nerves, muscles, ligaments and bone structures, and to reduce nervous system interference. Depending on your body’s individuals needs, Dr. Gehnrich may recommend complementary therapies including cold laser therapy, stretching, nutritional counseling, or hydromassage to target the root cause of the issue and reduce swelling in order to promote internal healing. As many have said before, Dr. Gehnrich's holistic approach and careful attention to each individual's needs always ensure optimal results for patients with whiplash.