We cannot tell you how many patients have come to our clinic looking for pain relief after a car accident. One of the most common car accident injuries we treat is whiplash. Whiplash happens when the head and neck whip from back to front, usually from rear-end collisions. Most people involved in a car accident don’t even realize they have a whiplash injury until weeks or months later, when the problem becomes persistent and leads to other issues. If you’ve injured your neck in a car accident, this post will help you understand if you have a whiplash injury and how chiropractic care can help you treat it.
Symptoms Of Whiplash
Whiplash injuries can range from mild to very severe. Injuries tend to be more significant when headrests are too low; bones can even break! Regardless of the severity of the accident, we highly recommend you see a chiropractor and receive a thorough examination and x-rays. Even if the impact seemed mild, you may have whiplash if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Neck, shoulder, upper back, and/or arm pain
- Blurred vision
- Pain when turning the head
- Inability to move or turn the head fully
- Numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, and fingers
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty sleeping
As you can see there are a wide range of symptoms and not all of them may be immediately traceable to whiplash. Even if you have been cleared by a doctor, your pain could still be related to whiplash and you may need treatment to correct the problem. If you have recently been injured it’s important to get your spine checked as soon as possible. The sooner that you start treating the issue the less chance you have of it developing into a long-term issue.
Treating Whiplash Injuries With Chiropractics
Because the majority of whiplash incidents impact the spine and the surrounding nerves and tissues, chiropractic care is an excellent avenue for treatment. Chiropractors are experts when it comes to assessing the source of the pain associated with a whiplash injury and determining a plan for effective treatment. Chiropractic treatments are gentle and non-invasive. Through small adjustments, people find great relief from their pain and get set on a road to full recovery.
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