You’ve probably seen those television commercials, in which an actor in a neck brace is consulting with an attorney about their whiplash injury. And while the advertisements might seem a bit corny, they’re not exactly inaccurate. Whiplash actually encompasses a number of related injuries to the neck and can occur from a variety of accidental situations. But they are most commonly associated with car accidents.
Despite the slight corny tone of those commercials, whiplash is no joke. It can be an extremely painful condition that persists for weeks or even months after car accidents and other similar injuries. Chiropractic care can often help to resolve the injury, and therefore the pain, but we definitely want to see you as soon as possible after the injury occurs.
Whiplash happens when the neck is “whipped” forward and back again, such as in car accidents, sports injuries, and even malfunctions on amusement park rides. The term actually refers to a collection of injuries that can occur during this type of movement, such as disc bulges, disc herniations, subluxations of the spine, irritated nerves, pulled muscles and ligaments, and injured bones in the spine.
If you’ve suffered whiplash, you might notice symptoms such as…
- Neck pain
- Pain in your shoulders, upper back, and arms
- Blurred vision
- Inability to turn your head fully
- Pain when turning your head
- Numbness and tingling in your arms or hands
- Ringing in your ears
- Difficulty sleeping
Depending upon the exact nature of your whiplash injury or injuries, we can customize a plan of treatment to not only address the pain, but also resolve the actual injury itself. But first we need to schedule a consultation. Call us right away if you experience an accident that causing a sudden back-and-forth motion of your head and upper spine, so that we can assess your injuries and get them treated quickly.