Many people will seek out chiropractic care after being involved in an auto injury. The most common auto injury, whiplash, occurs when the head and neck are whipped from back to front, similar to how a whip is cracked. The majority of car accidents are rear-ended collisions, with whiplash being a common result. It can also occur from other kinds of trauma, accidents, abuse, and falls.
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People who have been involved in an accident don't even realize they have received a injury until weeks or months later when the problem becomes persistent and leads to other issues. If your neck has been injured in an accident or other incident, this article will help you understand if you have a whiplash injury and how chiropractic care can help with pain relief.
When the neck is whipped from back to front during a car accident, while playing contact sports such as football, or occasionally from an assault or other physical trauma, several things can happen to the spine and surrounding soft tissue.
Whiplash describes the initial impact, but the results can include:
- Disc bulges and herniation
- Subluxations (misalignment of the vertebrae in the spine)
- Injured bones in the spine
- Irritated and damaged nerves
- Pulled ligaments and muscles in the neck
What Are The Symptoms Of Whiplash?
Whiplash injuries can range from mild to very severe. Injuries tend to be more significant when your headrest is positioned too low. If the impact was quite severe or the headrest was low, there is the possibility that bones are broken, or tissue is damaged. It is highly recommended that you see a chiropractor and receive a thorough examination and x-rays.
Even if the impact seemed mild, you might have whiplash if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder, upper back, and 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 is a wide range of symptoms, and not all of them may be immediately traceable to whiplash. Even if a doctor has cleared you, 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 you start treating the issue, the less chance you have of it developing into a long-term problem.
Chiropractic Care For Car Accidents
Because the majority of whiplash incidents impact the spine and the surrounding nerves and tissues, chiropractic care is an excellent avenue for treatment. Chiropractic doctors are skilled in assessing the source of the pain and determining a plan for effective treatment. Chiropractic treatments are gentle and non-invasive. Through small adjustments, people find great relief from the pain and are set on a road to full recovery.
If you or a loved one have symptoms of whiplash in Washington, Wentzville, Lake St Charles, Union, Eureka, Pacific, Sullivan, St Clair, Hermann, New Haven or any nearby city, call us today at (636) 239-5252 to schedule a consultation.