Whiplash is a common injury that can happen in several different situations such as a slip and fall, riding roller coasters at amusement parks, contact sports, bike accidents and of course the well known car accidents. When a whiplash injury occurs there is hyperextension (head thrust backward) and hyperflexion (head thrust forward) of the cervical (neck) spine. Whiplash not only affects the joints but the muscles, tendons and ligaments that help support the head and neck. These muscles, tendons and ligaments are stretched beyond their normal range of motion. The ligaments and muscles of the neck contract to help protect you from the excessive force of the whiplash motion and keep you from a more serious spinal cord injury or spinal fracture.
Some common symptoms that are experienced by someone injured in “whiplash” type injuries:
- Stiffness/general achiness
- Shoulder/neck/arm pain
- Restrictions in movement
- Visual disturbances
- Chest pain
- Irritability/ behavior issues/inability to listen/focus (seen in children especially)
If you are experiencing the conditions mentioned above make sure you make an appointment with your chiropractor! These symptoms may or may not be felt immediately. Whiplash patients under chiropractic care make a faster, less painful recovery and return to their loved activities and work efficiently compared to just masking symptoms. This is why it’s so important to be evaluated by a chiropractor so you can get on the road to recovery faster by treating the underlying cause instead of masking symptoms.
If you or your loved ones have been injured whether it was in a car accident or other incident contact us to get a thorough exam and personalized treatment plan to help your body heal and get back your favorite activities faster.
Family Focus Chiropractic, LLC