Whiplash is an injury that takes place whenever the neck and head are whipped in a back and forth motion, similar to that of a whip being cracked. Many car accidents, such as rear end collisions, will cause whiplash for those that are involved. This is something that can also happen due to other kinds of trauma, such abuse, accidents, and falls.
People that have been in some sort of car accident will not realize they have been subjected to whiplash until a few weeks, or even months after the accident takes place. The problem will usually become persistent and lead to other issues. When your neck has been in an injury from an accident or some other kind of incident, you will see that learning more about chiropractic care will be the best option for treating it.
Once your neck is whipped back to front in an auto accident, during contact sports like football, or from some sort of assault or another form of physical trauma, there are a number of things that can take place in the spinal area, as well as the surrounding soft tissues. While whiplash will explain the impact initially, the results may include:
- Bulges and herniation of the discs
- Subluxation, which is a vertebrae misalignment in the spine
- Injured spinal bones
- Damaged, irritated nerves
- Ligaments and muscles that have been pulled in the neck
Symptoms Of Whiplash
The injuries that stem from whiplash may range from mild to severe. An injury will usually be more significant when the headrest in a vehicle is positioned too low. If you had impact that was severe, or when your headrest was a bit too low, there can be the possibility of broken bones or damaged tissue. It will be recommended you see a professional chiropractor to have a complete examination, including x-rays. Even when the impact has been mild, there can be whiplash if you have symptoms such as:
- Pain in your neck, shoulder, upper back or arms
- Pain when you turn your head
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty or inability to move your head or turn it completely
- Tingling or numbness in your hands, fingers or arms
- Ear ringing
- Problems sleeping
There can be a vast range of symptoms, with not all of them being traceable to whiplash right away. Even when you have been fully cleared by your doctor, the pain could still be directly related to whiplash, meaning that you could need treatment to help correct the issue. If you have been injured recently, it is important you have your spine checked as soon as you can. The earlier that you start to treat the issue, the less of a chance you have of it turning into a bigger problem over the long term.
Chiropractic Whiplash Care
A vast majority of the incidents including whiplash will impact the spine, as well as the nerves and tissues surrounding it. This is why chiropractic care is a smart choice for treatment. Professional chiropractic doctors are able to assess the pain source that is associated with your whiplash injury and then will work on a plan for treatment. These treatments are non-invasive and gentle, using small adjustments to offer great relief from all of the pain that comes with whiplash, so that you can get on the road to complete recovery. Call our staff today at Yanik Chiropractic to learn how we can offer you care and recovery from whiplash.