Each of our joints has a set range of motion that they operate in that allows them to function properly and prevent injury. Occasionally, we can participate in activities that cause us to overextend this joint and a hyperextension injury is the result. These most commonly appear in the knees, elbows or neck (whiplash). This motion ends up causing damage to the ligaments, tendons and supporting structures of the joint that are not only painful but could require surgical repair.
Symptoms of A Hyperextension Injury
- Sharp pain or dull ache at the time of hyperextension
- Muscle Spasms
- Circulation Issues
- Visual Deformity
The standard treatment protocol for hyperextension injuries that don’t require surgical repair is ice, rest and immobilization. In most cases this will enable the area to experience a full recovery in just a few weeks. In about 20% of whiplash cases, it is also necessary to employ some of the treatment methods found at Chiropractic Healing Center such as chiropractic adjustment, massage therapy, electro-stimulation, trigger point therapy and corrective exercises.
Untreated whiplash can cause symptoms that negatively affect your quality of life including:
- Chronic Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Upper Back Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Cognitive Impairment
If you have suffered a hyperextension injury, add chiropractic care to your recovery plan. We can help you find relief from your pain and discomfort as well as have your range of motion fully restored. Schedule and appointment today to learn more.