Have you or someone you know recently been in a car accident? Has a rear-end collision left you in pain, wondering if you’re suffering from whiplash?
The impact of a collision can cause the head to jerk violently, putting tremendous strain on the neck. If untreated, it can lead to problems that will impact your ability to enjoy day-to-day life.
Keep reading to identify the symptoms of whiplash and recognize if they apply to you.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash, most often seen in car accidents, is the soft-tissue damage done to the neck by a sudden movement. It’s also known as neck strain. The force of the collision can strain and possibly even tear the muscles and tendons in the neck.
Most people can recover within weeks with proper treatment, but the possibility of chronic problems does exist. That’s why it’s important to recognize the symptoms of whiplash and seek treatment immediately.
Symptoms of Whiplash
How do you know if you have whiplash? Could it just be soreness from the incident, or is it something more serious?
The symptoms can vary, but there are several commonalities that suggest whiplash. If you recognize any of the following in yourself or someone you know, it’s time to seek treatment.
- Muscles spasms and/or tightness in the neck or upper back
- Dizziness, nausea, or vertigo
- Headaches starting at the base of the neck
- Stiffness or pain moving the head in any direction
- Tingling through the arms
The above result from damage to the muscles, ligaments, and nerves in the shoulders, upper back, and neck.
If you’re presenting any of the above symptoms, it’s time to visit your chiropractor. The sooner you address the injury, the quicker you can begin treatment. This will help prevent any long-term problems.
Your chiropractor will conduct an examination. A CT scan, X-ray, or MRI may be ordered if advanced imaging is required.
The type of treatment you’ll require will depend on the severity of the injury. Mild cases of whiplash can be treated with ice and medication. Neck braces are common, too, for limiting motion in the neck, allowing it time to heal.
Manipulation of the neck may be required to help properly mobilize the area properly. Sessions with a chiropractor may be recommended to help the muscles and ligaments heal.
If you’ve been in an accident and have the symptoms of whiplash, don’t delay seeking treatment. A strong and healthy neck is important to feeling good and functioning properly. Otherwise, chronic pain, stiffness, and headaches may limit what you can do. Take action before things get bad.
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