Many times, a person who has experienced whiplash does not realize they have sustained an injury until weeks or even months later when the problem becomes chronic and leads to other problems. Whiplash is most commonly associated with car accidents but can also happen during a number of sports activities including football, boxing, and hockey to name a few.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when the neck is injured by a quick jerk to the head, causing it to go from front to back or side to side. Because whiplash happens so quickly, twice as fast than what your muscles can react to, it can cause a number of problems with your joints, muscles, and nerves. Whiplash is a term that describes the initial impact. The results of whiplash can include bulging discs and herniation, misalignment of the vertebra, injury to the spine, damaged nerves, and torn ligaments and muscles within the neck.
The Causes of Whiplash
Whiplash is most commonly caused by car accidents, but can also occur in contact sports, other types of trauma, abuse, and falls. When whiplash occurs the person’s head is very quickly and forcefully thrown backward and then forward again, or from side to side faster than our bodies can respond. This can injure the spine, discs between the bones in the spine, ligaments, and other connective tissues within the neck.
The Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash symptoms can be mild or severe and can include:
- Blurred vision
- Pain when turning head
- Shoulder, upper back, and arm pain
- Decreased range of motion of neck
- Numbness and/or tingling in the arms, hands, and fingers
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty sleeping
Many times these symptoms are overlooked as a direct result of whiplash. But if you are still experiencing pain after being cleared by your doctor, you may need chiropractic treatment to correct the problem and prevent chronic issues in the future.
The Treatment of Whiplash
Chiropractic doctors are trained and skilled in determining the source of pain due to whiplash and creating effective treatment plans. Chiropractic treatments are noninvasive and gentle. Many times people will find great relief from pain associated with whiplash through small adjustments, and be well on their way to a full recovery.
A successful treatment plan can only be determined after a full assessment by your chiropractor. Some treatments may include spinal adjustment, electric muscle stimulation, heat and cold therapy, rehabilitative exercises, and massage therapy.
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