Every year, millions of Americans have whiplash injuries. Neck pain is common after an accident, but some people do not experience symptoms immediately after the injury.
The symptoms may arise hours, days or weeks after the accident. Regardless of when the symptoms occur, you will need treatment for your whiplash injuries.
What is Whiplash?
Your neck is flexible, but it does have limits. Aggressive swinging movements can cause serious injuries. Whiplash occurs when your head is violently jerked back and forth as it would be during a car accident.
Three Major Neck Injury Classifications
The muscles are strained during an accident. The involuntary movement can cause tenderness and painful swelling in the shoulders and neck. The nerves stretch along with the muscles. You are likely to have nerve damage if your head is not in the forward position during the impact.
Your joints are part of your cervical vertebrae, and the joints allow your bones to move smoothly whenever you move your head. When the joints are injured, you might have severe pain in your neck. The pain can radiate to your arms and shoulders.
Your discs make space for the sensitive nerves in your spinal cord. During whiplash, the discs can herniate, bulge or rupture. The injury can cause painful nerve irritation. Besides car accidents, sports impacts can cause this type of whiplash.
Symptoms of Whiplash
A whiplash injury can have a range of symptoms. The most common symptoms are:
- Neck Pain
- Blurred Vision
- Reduced Mobility
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
Chiropractic care involves treating the cause and the symptoms. At our chiropractic clinic in Coral Springs, the doctor can locate the cause of your pain. The pain may stem from a recent injury or an old injury. The doctor will review your medical record and perform a physical exam as well as X-rays. The examination will reveal any underlying injuries.
- Chiropractic whiplash treatment can increase flexibility and provide pain relief.
- Your body can heal faster when your neck and shoulders have increased mobility.
- Chiropractic care repairs whiplash injuries without surgery or drugs and is a safe treatment option for whiplash.
- Most rear-impact car accidents happen at low speeds.
- At any speed, the impact can damage the nerves and tissues.
- During the accident, your head can accelerate two times faster than the vehicle.
- For most people, a whiplash injury will cause chronic symptoms. Ten percent of people will have a disability.
If you have pain in your neck and shoulders, call the Spine and Wellness Chiropractic Centers of Coral Springs. We look forward to starting you on your journey back to health!