What is whiplash? It’s the neck injury that occurs when some kind of trauma throws your neck forward and back forcefully. It’s the kind of injury that often occurs in a rear-end car accident, but it can also occur as a result of a bad fall, sports injury or suffering violence.
When whiplash occurs, the heavy head is driven backward until it hits a headrest or simply can’t reach the full extent of its range of motion. Then the head bounces forward forcefully. The muscles in the front and back of the neck both suffer injury during these violent movements.
Symptoms of Whiplash Injury
It may take a couple of days for the effects of this injury to show up. The first signs to show are:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Difficulty turning your head
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty concentrating
- Unusual levels of fatigue
The right thing to do immediately after this injury is to see your medical doctor for any treatment needed.
Some Symptoms Are Slower to Show Up
Those are the symptoms that show up quickly. Other symptoms may not show up for days, months or even years. This delayed condition is so common that there’s even a special name for it: late whiplash.
Late whiplash, or delayed whiplash, shows up six months or longer after the accident. While some symptoms are the same, there are also some new ones:
- Severe headaches
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of concentration or memory
- Pain in the jaw
Too many people brush off the effects of a minor or moderate traffic accident or fall. They assume that the soreness they feel a day or two later will pass. But then six months or a year later, they are still feeling the effects of this trauma.
Consider this: The spinal column leading to the rest of your body passes through the small vertebrae of your neck. If these vertebrae are bounced around, if the muscles that support them are injured or if the nerves in your neck become pinched, your whole well-being is going to suffer. For that reason, it’s highly important to protect the health of your neck.
Chiropractic is Excellent for Whiplash Care
After you see a medical doctor for an examination and any needed treatment, the next thing you should always do is see your chiropractor. Every chiropractor is a musculoskeletal specialist. Remember, whiplash is an injury to the muscular, bony and nerve structures of the body.
A chiropractor has the skills to ease muscle spasms, restore correct alignment to the spine, and calm the nerves passing through this section of the spine. With a series of chiropractic adjustments, the muscles in the neck can finally relax and the neck can be restored to its proper shape. The cartilage disks between each vertebra can finally heal.
Using drug-free methods, your chiropractor can help you leave this accident far in the past as you recover from whiplash pain and incapacitation.
In the St. Louis area, I treat patients with this problem every week. If you’ve suffered from a whiplash injury, call me. With chiropractic adjustments and Pressure Point Therapy, I can help you recover from this pain without the use of painkillers. I can also show you the exercises to help you bring about complete recovery while I monitor your progress.
I’ve found that Pressure Point Therapy relieves the localized areas of joint or muscle pain that are so common with whiplash. I consider this therapy to be an important way to unlock those rock-hard areas of pain. I’m the only chiropractor in this area to offer this therapy. Give us a call at (314) 635-1008 to schedule an appointment.