When someone is involved in an automobile accident, there are many safety features in cars that prevent serious injuries or death. Many people walk away from accidents ‘unharmed.’ However, the sympathetic nervous system response and emotional aspects of motor vehicle accidents can mask underlying soft-tissue damages sustained in accidents. The jarring motions applied to the neck in an accident are commonly referred to as whiplash.
Whiplash can damage ligaments, muscles, tendons, cervical discs, and nerve roots. Symptoms of whiplash include headaches, muscle stiffness, neck pain, dizziness, nausea, immobility, and fatigue. Sometimes, these symptoms aren’t recognized until 48-72 hours after the accident.
If left untreated, this soft-tissue damage can lead to chronic neck pain or fatigue. Chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic exercises, physiotherapy, ice, and stretches are some of the most effective treatments for whiplash related injuries. With proper treatment, many of the symptoms of whiplash can resolve, and people can live normal lives, avoiding chronic pain.
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