By far, the most common injury to the neck is a whiplash injury. Whiplash is caused by a sudden movement of the head, either backward, forward or sideways, that results in the damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back.
If you have been involved in a traffic accident, whiplash injuries need to be taken very seriously. Symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to manifest. During this time, it is easy to be lulled into thinking you are not injured, even as twinges of pain start to develop in your neck, back, or shoulders.
Too often people don’t seek treatment following a car accident because they don’t feel hurt. Unfortunately, by the time more serious complications develop, some of the damage from the injury may have become permanent. Numerous studies have shown that years after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, roughly half of them state that they still suffer with symptoms from their injuries.
Whiplash can be effectively treated with careful chiropractic adjustment. Dr. Kenri Honda, D.C., a board-certified chiropractor, has over ten years of chiropractic experience in Kansas City.
First, we start with a digital x-ray of your neck or injury area, in order to isolate the possible damage. Our digital x-ray technology gives a detailed picture in seconds and emits less than half the radiation of conventional x-ray machines. The x-ray is an important tool in making an accurate diagnosis of your condition.
Next, Dr. Honda will point out the trouble area to you, and recommend a chiropractic adjustment (if needed) to address the misaligned or stressed area of your neck or back. Dr. Honda excels in manual chiropractic adjustment, which we believe yields better results as compared to activator adjustment offered by other practitioners.
The number of treatments required to achieve full pain relief from whiplash varies. Some patients see dramatic improvement after just one chiropractic adjustment; other patients have more gradual improvement over the course of multiple treatments spaced over the span of several weeks.