Whiplash is a common injury that occurs during a motor vehicle accident, the backward and forward motion take the ligaments and muscles in the neck beyond their normal range of motion.
Whiplash injuries can range from mild to severe, however, it's always best to receive Chiropractic Treatment after an injury like this occurs to ensure that it does not worsen or linger.
The signs of whiplash will usually begin to present themselves within 24 hours of suffering from the injury.
Most commonly the victim will begin to experience neck pain and stiffness. This could range from a very mild, dull ache to a severe pain and stiffness in the neck.
The neck muscles will often become stiff as the body's way of limiting movement and range of motion in order to protect the neck from becoming hurt further.
Depending on the severity of the injury, it's not uncommon for any movement of the next to become very painful.
In some victims, the stiffness and pain may even be experienced in the shoulder blades or in the area between the shoulder blades.
10 symptoms someone who has a whiplash injury experiences include:
- Blurred Vision
- Sleep Disturbances
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Memory Problems
- Worsening Pain with Neck Movement
These signs and symptoms do not guarantee that you have suffered from a Whiplash injury, but they are likely symptoms you may experience if you have.
To know for you what is the cause of your suffering, you will need to be seen by an experienced Chiropractor.
When you are involved in an accident, it is always highly recommended that you seek medical treatment as quickly as possible.
Chiropractors are your best choice, especially when dealing with a whiplash injury.
If you go to the ER or an Urgent Care, that's great if your bleeding or think you have a broken bone.
However, if you have a whiplash injury, often times they will not diagnose you properly and just hand you some pain medications.
While pain medications may seem appealing up-front, all they do is mask the pain that you are feeling which most often leads to people putting off the care that they actually need until the pain is much more unbearable.
When it comes to a whiplash injury, the longer you wait to seek treatment, the worse your injury can become, and you run the risk of suffering for much longer because you did not receive treatment in a timely manner.
Even if you are not experiencing whiplash symptoms after your accident, you are encouraged to seek chiropractic care.
Your doctor will be able to diagnose and begin treatment of your injury before it can worsen or become a chronic problem.
Chiropractors are experts at treating whiplash injuries, and the Chiropractors at Arrowhead Clinic have been doing just that for over 40 years.
If you were involved in an accident, do not put off seeking the treatment of an experienced Chiropractor.
Our whiplash injury chiropractors offer a free consultation to see how we can best assist with your recovery.
Click below if you were in an accident and believe that you're suffering from a Whiplash Injury.
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