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You’re in your car, gazing out the window while stopped at a red
light, when seemingly out of nowhere—wham! someone hits you
from behind.
You get out of the car to have a look. Seeing no apparent damage
to your bumper you exchange information with the person who rearended
you and go on your way. Because there’s no damage to the
body of your car, you assume there’s no damage to your body...until
your neck starts hurting a couple days later.
Whiplash happens when the head is suddenly jerked backwards,
forwards or sideways. The impact over stretches or tears the muscles
and ligaments supporting the spine, and can also tear the discs
between the spinal bones.
Whiplash can result in a myriad of symptoms besides soreness.
You may be left unable to turn your head or bend down. You may
have pain in your shoulders or arms, or get constant headaches,
dizziness or blurred vision.
Some people experience pain immediately after the impact. But the
symptoms of whiplash do not always appear right away. It may be a
couple days before you feel the effects in your neck, head and spine.
If left untreated, your body will find ways to compensate for the
misaligned vertebrae, which can cause problems down the road.
As a chiropractor, I alleviate the pain and debilitation associated
with whiplash by realigning the spine through gentle adjustments and
other treatments such as: Normal traction, trigger point therapy, and
ice therapies. In cases where a patient’s range of motion is restricted
due to pain and nerve pressure, my treatments provide great relief
and begin the natural healing process. As maintenance I give patients
spinal exercises and stretches designed for their specific injury.
Through gentle, noninvasive techniques, I am able to naturally
decrease or eliminate pain, and if caught early enough, inflammation.
My treatment techniques can also prevent or minimize degenerative
processes. Patients who come in to see me right after the whiplash
has occurred, and those who come in long after the damage has been
done, tell me they experience more flexibility and less muscle
spasms.
Some people may leave whiplash untreated, worrying about the
cost of treatment. Your health is too important to neglect because of
money. If you’ve recently experienced trauma to your neck or spine,
or if you’ve left trauma to your neck or spine untreated, please come
see me. Whether or not your insurance will cover the cost of care, I
make it affordable.
Call me at my office to set up an appointment. My assistants
Celina and Stephanie, or I, will be happy to help you.
Yours in Great Health,
Dr. Karen Azevedo, D.C.

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Karen Azevedo D.C.

Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from California State University Chico, an emphasis in Exercise Physiology, a minor in Nutrition, and certifications as an Exercise Science Specialist from the American College of Sports Medicine.

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