Chronic neck pain may start from a somewhat less specific source and seemingly never ends. It can go on for months and even years stemming possibly from an initial acute incident, such as a car accident, or another condition, such as arthritis or prolonged repeated movements. Chronic pain often affects older adults with symptoms that include headache, neck pain, inflammation, reduced strength or mobility and more. Our neck pain specialist in Winston-Salem have decades of service treating chronic neck pain and effective whiplash treatment options.
There are many different types of chronic neck pain which can be addressed through chiropractic treatment, including muscle pain and spasms, neck-related headaches, nerve pain, facet joint (vertebrae) pain, bone pain and even referred pain—which is pain from another part of the body that manifests itself in the neck. Given that nearly 70% of all people are impacted by neck pain at some point, Dr. Gray (our neck pain specialist) has many time-tested techniques for relieving this debilitating issue.
Chronic neck pain and auto accidents are a common pairing. Even in a minor fender-bender, pain may emerge and become chronic. Addressing pain that results from such an incident is important to avoid long-term discomfort or even worse. Since chiropractic care is non-invasive, it can be the ideal solution for correcting injuries due to a car wreck. Through a collaborative assessment, where Dr. Gray (our neck pain specialist) will ask many questions, and allow for you to ask many more, he and his team can diagnose injuries and provide a whiplash treatment plan that will help alleviate near-term pain and prevent today’s discomfort from becoming chronic and impacting the rest of your life.
Whiplash injuries have been extensively studied and researched. Although a whiplash injury can break a bone, fractures from whiplash trauma are quite rare. The primary whiplash injury is to the soft tissues (ligaments and muscles) of the facet joints and disc joints. A joint is where a bone meets a bone. Joints allow the bones to move with respect to each other. Ligaments hold the bones together at the joint. Ligaments also stop the bones from moving too far. When the bones are moved too far, the ligaments are injured. A Ligament injury is called a sprain. Whiplash injury moves the bones of the neck too far apart, resulting in a sprain. Muscles cross the joints. Muscles generate the forces required to move the bones at the joint. If the movement of the joint is too far, not only the ligaments, but also the muscles will be injured. A muscle injury is called a strain. Whiplash trauma can injure both the ligaments (sprain) and muscles (strain). Our neck pain specialist here at Neck and Whiplash Center of the Triad seek to discover the issue associated with your chronic neck pain and design a whiplash treatment plan focused on having you pain free in the shortest amount of time possible.
Your 1st visit will begin with a brief overview of your symptoms and conditions with one of our chiropractic assistants.
After the overview is complete, your assistant will perform your InBody Analysis and Balance Tracking Assessment.
You will then meet with Dr. Gray for your in-depth exam and evaluation. During this time, Dr. Gray will explain our treatment options and design a personalized plan that will work best to treat you.
In treating chronic neck pain and/or whiplash, your visits will typically start with our Class IV laser to help alleviate your pain, spasms and/or inflammation along with your treatments and/or adjustment with Doctor Gray.
Once your chronic neck pain is under control, we will then begin your neck strength tests and assessments using our Multi-Cervical Unit. This will give us a detail print out of any muscular weaknesses that will be addressed as part of your rehabilitation.
After Dr. Gray has evaluated your results and discussed them with you, we will begin your custom MCU protocol based on your individual results. These custom exercises will take place in office generally over 9 sessions. After this is complete, we will perform another assessment to show the progress that has been made. Your whiplash treatment plan designed by our neck pain specialist Dr. Gray, can have you well on your way to being free from chronic neck pain.