Whiplash Injuries and Car Accidents
If you have been in an auto accident and suffered from whiplash, it may be time to seek out a Chiropractor in Jacksonville. Whiplash is a type of injury that happens when your head is whipped from front to back. While this is extremely common in auto injuries, whiplash can be cause by other trauma’s as well such as sports injuries, falls and abuse.
One of the most unfortunate things about whiplash is that the damage that occurs in many cases of whiplash can go undetected by the individual in accident for an extended period of time. Whiplash injury if often only discovered when persistent pain or other issues arise weeks to months later. This article will help you identify whether or not you have had a whiplash injury as well as what we can do at Thrive Chiropractic Health Center to help.
What injuries can whiplash cause?
As previously mentioned whiplash is when the head is whipped back and forth. This usually happens because of a trauma that is more forceful than our ability to stabilize our head such as a collision in sports, like football or other traumas including car accidents, assault, falls and other traumas. When this happens, whiplash can cause any number of the following injuries:
-Disc Bulges and Herniations
-Damage to the nerves
-Subluxations (misalignments in the spine)
-Sprains and strains to muscles, tendons and ligaments in the neck and upper back
How will I know if I had whiplash?
As stated before, whiplash can often go unnoticed for an extended period, however if you’ve been in an accident there are symptoms that can let you know if you are suffering from a whiplash injury such as:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder, upper back, and arm pain
- Numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, and fingers
- Decreased range of motion with pain when turning the head
- Inability to move or turn the head fully
- Difficulty sleeping
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
Even if you were cleared by a doctor of any emergency medical conditions the pain you are experiencing could be due to a whiplash injury. If you are having pain that could be from a whiplash injury it is important to get you spine evaluated as soon as possible to prevent long term damage and degeneration.
How Chiropractic Can Help
Chiropractors are expertly trained in how to assess and correct issues with the spine, including whiplash injuries. After a thorough case history and examination, the doctor will put together a treatment plan designed specifically for you to achieve maximum results. From there we will begin to administer safe adjustments and procedures to re-train your muscles, tendons, and ligaments to make sure you get correction and are back to functioning at a high level.