What Is Whiplash?
The sudden and violent jerking motion of the head when it is thrown forward and backward during a crash is what causes a whiplash. This unnatural motion tends to stretch and tear the tendons and muscles of the neck.
One of the most common car accident injuries, whiplash is caused mostly by rear-end crashes. This injury results if your car is traveling at a steady speed and then is suddenly hit from behind. The impact makes your body lurch forward while your head is still at the same position.
By the time your head feels the whip-like motion your neck tissues and tendons get injured and damaged. Though it seems like a not-so-serious injury, whiplash can get dangerous too, especially if left untreated for a prolonged period of time.
Untreated Whiplash Is Dangerous
Usually after a car accident if there are no outward injuries, most victims assume they escaped unhurt from the crash. But this is in most cases not true, because injuries such as whiplash result in damage to the soft tissue, especially of the neck.
It is possible that the injury may not reveal itself immediately after an accident and instead remain ‘hidden’ for some time. This is what causes many car accident victims to assume that they were not injured during the car accident.
Seeking medical attention timely and following a proper treatment plan is what can prevent you from suffering chronic pain in the long term.
Another fact that most car accident victims are not aware of is that whiplash can be sustained while driving at low speeds too. It is not how fast you were driving that influences the severity of your injury, but instead the impact that you felt during the crash.
Do Not Delay Seeking Medical Attention
Not just your neck, whiplash can injure and affect many other parts of your upper body, such as your shoulders, upper back, or even your head. That is why one of the main symptoms of whiplash is headaches.
It is true that some people do not feel any pain at all after a car accident, while some immediately feel the pain. But whatever the case, it is best not to wait to seek medical attention. Get yourself to an accident clinic without delay right after you’ve been in a crash.
Also, a delay in getting evaluated by a chiropractor can lead to a delay in getting compensation for your injuries. Do not wait it out thinking your pains will go away on their own, they usually will not. For expert advice and consultation for your car accident injuries you can visit our accident clinic in Miami or call 305-389-9040.
Symptoms Of Whiplash And Why They Vary
The symptoms of whiplash are also varied. This is because whiplash does not affect just one part of the body. Some common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck Pain or Stiffness
- Upper Back Pain
- Shoulder pain
- Trouble with vision
- Emotional changes
These symptoms are mostly short term and respond well to regular treatment. It’s only if, after being involved in a car accident, you refuse to seek medical attention and follow a strict treatment regimen that you develop long-term symptoms, some of which include:
- Permanent neck impairment
- Loss of range of motion in neck and shoulders
- Chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain
- Permanent postural impairment
- Joint or disc abnormalities
- Issues with vision and hearing
- Temporal mandibular degeneration
The symptoms that occur during the short term may differ from those of the long term but they can be equally life-altering. So, for instance, an untreated headache may develop into a migraine or maybe a nagging shoulder pain can signal towards mobility issues. Any symptom that lasts more than 6 months, becomes chronic and can present long-term complications.
Treatment for Whiplash Injury
The severity of your whiplash decides the line of treatment you will receive. Initially, home remedies include hot and cold therapy, rest, and over-the-counter pain medications. It’s best to avoid pain killers and instead get evaluated by an accident chiropractor.
This is because chiropractors specialize in treating car accident injuries, especially whiplash. And since, no pain medications are used in chiropractic care, you heal naturally and holistically. Prompt medical attention can save you from chronic pain in the future.
Chiropractors treat whiplash with spinal manipulation and adjustment. Soft tissue massage therapy is also known to give good results.
The chiropractic treatment plan is non-invasive and no drugs are prescribed. Gentle exercises may be introduced gradually so mobility of the neck is maintained. To learn more about how whiplash is managed by chiropractic care you can speak to our expert chiropractors at our accident clinic in Miami by calling 305-389-9040 or visit: https://www.drdeanmiami.com/contact/ to schedule an appointment.