Whiplash Injury Facts
Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries in Georgia.
Being involved in a car accident that causes your cervical spine (neck) to violently move backward then forward, overstretching the joints, muscles, and ligaments of the neck and upper back may result in a whiplash injury.
Whiplash can cause severe neck pain and other symptoms, but fortunately, most people with whiplash get better within a few weeks by following a treatment plan that includes chiropractic care and exercise.
However, some people have chronic neck pain and other long-lasting complications.
Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about whiplash and the resulting injuries that cause people to suffer from long-lasting complications.
The following facts should help dispel the myths about whiplash and give a better understanding of this deceptive injury.
If you believe you are suffering from a Whiplash injury, here are 5 facts you may not know regarding your injury.
There Are Many Ways To Get Whiplash
Car Accidents are not the only way to obtain a whiplash injury, even though car accidents are the most common.
Whiplash can happen at any time, especially during a slip and fall accident, or during high impact sports such as football, boxing, or gymnastics.
Physical abuse can also cause whiplash.
Symptoms Are Not Always Immediate
Some people get whiplash and won't know it until days or even weeks after their accident.
Neck and shoulder pain are some of the most common symptoms of whiplash, but the symptoms may not occur right away after the accident.
Some symptoms will develop over a few days or weeks.
Symptoms such as headaches, muscle spasms, numbness, or tingling may all occur due to whiplash and some victims may not associate them with the accident.
Whiplash Does not Need Much Force to Occur
Many whiplash injury victims have sustained their injury during car accidents while driving as low as 5-10 miles per hour.
You can be injured in an auto accident of less than 12 mph.
The fact is only about 22% of auto injuries occur when impacts were greater than 12 mph.
60% of injuries happen in car accidents with low speeds of 6-12 mph, and yet another 18% received soft tissue injury when impact was less than 6 mph.
The severity of the injury typically depends on whether or not you were properly restrained in the vehicle.
Chiropractors Can Help With Whiplash
Chiropractic Care can be a very effective way to treat whiplash injuries after being involved in a car accident.
Chiropractors use spinal manipulations to restore mobility and ease pain in affected areas.
Chiropractic treatment for cases of whiplash will focus on the soft tissues of the neck, the neck muscles, and restoring any lost range of motion.
The chiropractors at the Arrowhead Clinic have experience with whiplash injuries and will work to help reduce the pain from whiplash and other soft tissue injuries.
The Chiropractors at Arrowhead Clinic will provide a free consultation to see how we can assist with your injuries.
During that free consultation, we conduct a thorough exam and evaluation as well as a review of your medical history to see what area of your cervical spine has been affected.
Your chiropractor may even use x rays to help diagnose your whiplash, although they aren't always needed.
We will then design a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and your whiplash injury that will help restore your health and ease your pain.
Hopefully, you never get whiplash, but if you have been involved in an accident that caused Whiplash, do not hesitate to contact the Arrowhead Clinic closest to you for a free consultation.
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