After an auto accident, many people seek chiropractic care. Why? Whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are whipped from back to front, similar to its namesake. Whiplash is a common result of rear-end collisions, but it can also be caused by trauma, accidents, abuse, or falls.
The problem with whiplash is that it’s often not noticed for weeks or months after an accident. This article will help you determine if you have whiplash and how chiropractic care can help you treat it.
While in a car accident, playing contact sports like football, or experiencing some other form of blunt trauma, the spine and surrounding soft tissue can incur a number of different damages. Whiplash only describes that whipping motion, but your injuries could include:
- Herniated discs
- Vertebra that is knocked out of alignment
- Spine injuries
- Nervous system inflammation or irritation
- Torn neck ligaments or pulled neck muscles
WHY DOES WHIPLASH OCCUR?
Whiplash injuries range in severity. Too low a headrest increases the risk of injury. Bones and tissue can be broken or damaged if you were in an accident and your headrest was set too low. You should see a chiropractor for a thorough examination and x-rays. Even if the impact was minor, you may have whiplash if you have any of these symptoms:
- Throat pain
- Back, shoulder, and arm pain
- Hazy vision
- Headache when moving head
- Limitation of head movement
- Arms, hands, and fingers numb or tingling
- Ear ringing
As you can see, the symptoms are varied and not all related to whiplash. Even if you have been cleared by a doctor, your pain may be related to whiplash and require treatment. If you've recently been injured, get your spine checked right away. The sooner you treat the issue, the less likely it is to become a long-term issue.
SEE A CHIROPRACTOR AFTER A CAR CRASH
Because most whiplash injuries affect the spine and surrounding nerves and tissues, chiropractic care is a great treatment option. Chiropractic doctors are skilled in determining the source of whiplash pain and developing a treatment plan. Chiropractic care is non-invasive. People find great relief from whiplash pain and start on the road to recovery with small adjustments. We at NuSpine Chiropractic can help you recover from whiplash.
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