Whiplash is one of the most common and well known injuries from a car accident but can also occur with other events such as a sports injury or a slip and fall. Whiplash occurs when the force of the trauma causes the head to “whip” backwards and forwards beyond normal limits, resulting in overstretching of muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the spine. Whiplash injuries range in severity from a mild sprain/strain to severe and this could also include damage to the discs that occupy the space between the spinal bones and they can herniate or rupture. Symptoms from whiplash injuries may take hours, days or even weeks to appear.
Common symptoms of Whiplash:
- Sore or stiff neck
- Pain, numbness, or tingling into the arms, hands or face
- Reduced motion of the head and neck
- Ringing in the ears, blurred vision, dizziness, difficulty swallowing
- Jaw (TMJ) Pain
Whiplash injuries need to be evaluated by a trained professional. What may seem at first like a minor injury may lead to more serious complications if not evaluated and the appropriate treatment provided. The most common and effective treatment for whiplash injuries is the combination of chiropractic care and physical therapy. Chiropractic adjustments restore the normal motion of the vertebrae which relieves pain, decreases irritation and inflammation and reduces muscular spasm. Without the appropriate care the effects from even a “minor” whiplash injury can show up years later with degenerative arthritis, increased pain, unexplained headaches and reduced motion.
Call Westside Chiropractic today if you have suffered a whiplash injury related to a motor vehicle collision, sports injury or slip and fall.