A Whiplash – What to Do When the Pain Just Won’t Go Away

Do You Know What A Whiplash Is?

A Whiplash - What to Do When the Pain Just Won't Go AwayA whiplash is normally associated with road traffics accident when the vehicle is rear shunted. Dizziness following a whiplash is usually temporary and can be improved with chiropractic care. Almost as prevalent as neck pain after suffering a whiplash is suffering from headaches.

Also called neck sprain or neck strain, a whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the neck. A whiplash is a fast, sudden movement of the neck and head caused by a traffic accident or fall. A whiplash is an injury where the neck or cervical spine is injured due to the head being thrown forwards and backward.I hope that has helped you to understand a bit more exactly what a whiplash is, what are some of the symptoms of whiplash and how you could treat a whiplash neck pain and know how bad it is.

Neck Strain and Whiplash

Neck strain is often just called whiplash. Although it’s usually associated with car accidents, any impact or blow that causes your head to jerk forward or backward can cause neck strain. The sudden force stretches and tears the muscles and tendons in your neck.

Neck strain afflicts many amateur and professional athletes. People who play contact sports like football are especially prone to neck strain.

Neck strains are often confused with neck sprains. They’re a bit different. Neck strains are caused by damage to the muscle or the tendons, bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Neck sprains are caused by tearing of the ligaments, the tissues that connect the bones to each other.

However, the differences between these strains and sprains probably won’t mean much to you. The causes, symptoms, and treatment of neck sprains and neck strains are usually the same. Check more here.

A whiplash is caused by the sudden backward movement (extension) and forward movement (flexion) of the neck or upper back, which can cause the joints of the neck to be injured.

8 Reasons Why Chiropractic is the Best Treatment for Auto Injuries

Millions of people are injured in car crashes each year in the US, and many of these “minor” collisions result in long-term symptoms and disability. In fact, research shows that a significant number of people have pain from a crash even 10-15 years later. Chiropractic is one of the best ways to treat and heal from these types of injuries. Chiropractic works by restoring the normal function of your spine, allowing the tissues to heal and become pain-free.

If you’ve been in a car crash, here’s how chiropractic can help you:

1. Chiropractic Reduces Inflammation

During an auto collision, the ligaments and muscles that make up your spine can be stretched or experience micro-tears. X-rays or MRI scans usually aren’t sophisticated enough to diagnose these kinds of injuries, but this tissue damage causes the area to become inflamed. Many times, an auto injury patient won’t feel much discomfort immediately after the crash, but they wake up the next morning to a stiff and painful neck. This is caused by the body’s inflammation response to these micro-lesions.

2. Chiropractic Restores Motion

Another problem with inflammation is that the tissues become immobile, which can slow healing to the area. Ligaments of the spine don’t get many nutrients or blood supply normally, and this becomes even more difficult when inflamed and injured. During a chiropractic adjustment, the joints of your spine are mobilized, which helps increase blood flow and healing nutrients to the area. Read more here.

Technique a person can determine for themselves that the real source of pain in a whiplash is due to a central fragment of the disc that has been displaced out of the center.

Chiropractic For Car Accident Whiplash Injuries

The tricky part about diagnosing whiplash is its effects aren’t always felt immediately following an accident. It’s not like a sports injury where you more than likely know the direct cause of your pain and feel it immediately. Whiplash can take days, weeks or even months for major symptoms to show up – That’s why it’s important to see your chiropractor as soon as you can after a car accident. If left untreated, whiplash can evolve into long-term pain.

How can my chiropractor help with whiplash?

Every case of whiplash is different. The appropriate chiropractic treatment is unique to each whiplash injury and your chiropractor will know that best course of treatment for you after your initial exam.

The most common treatments chiropractors use on whiplash patients include:

  • manually adjusting the spine/neck/joints
  • muscle relaxation and/or stimulation
  • exercises designed to reduce disc derangement or train the nervous system to better coordinate and control movement patterns
  • ergonomic and lifestyle changes to limit habits or activities that may be amplifying the effects of whiplash. See full article here.

A Whiplash Can Be An Acute Or Chronic Disorder

A whiplash is caused when the head is snapped in a direction opposite that of the impact. The symptoms of a whiplash are usually reported as aches and pains in the neck and back. Depending on the severity of the injury a whiplash can be treated in various ways, such as immobilization of the neck with a cervical collar or medicinal treatment and exercises. A whiplash can also result from the sudden stopping of a car where the body remains fairly in place but the head and neck are thrown forwards into hyperflexion.

A whiplash can result in minor injury, or it may be severe and include damage to the ligaments, intervertebral joints, nerve roots, and cervical muscles. The early rehabilitation of a whiplash is aimed at reducing risks of whiplash syndrome development, call us here: (619) 831-8777. As injuries from a whiplash can cause a loss of wages, medical treatment, physical therapy, and medications, it is your right as an injured party to have these losses compensated for by the institution established to do such.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.