Whiplash injury affects over one million people in the U.S. each year and is the most common injury resulting from car accidents. Whiplash describes neck pain that happens when the body is jerked a certain way. Whiplash can be the result from almost any auto accident, including on a motorcycle, a car, a go-kart, and even a golf cart. Whiplash happens when a person’s head is jolted forward or backward, and the muscles in the neck are stretched to absorb the majority of the pressure. This abnormal motion and force of the head is the anchor of the pressure on the muscles and tissues, making it very difficult and painful to move the head days and even weeks after an accident.
Some of the symptoms you might experience with whiplash are:
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness or reduce range of motion
- Neck instability
- Ringing ears
- Trouble getting good sleep
- Memory or concentration problems
- Shoulder and/or upper back pain
- Radiating tingling, weakness
- Numbness radiating down the shoulder, arm, hand, and/or fingers
During the exam doctor will need to touch and move head, neck and arms. The patient will be asked to move and perform simple tasks so that doctor can check the:
- Range of motion in neck and shoulders
- Degree of motion that causes pain or an increase in pain
- Tenderness in neck, shoulders or back
- Reflexes, strength and sensation in your limbs
WHIPLASH AND CHIROPRACTIC CARE
The primary whiplash treatment for joint dysfunction, spinal manipulation involves the chiropractor gently moving the involved joint into the direction in which it is restricted.
Doctor will examine the underlying cause of the pain and will develop a tailored treatment depending on the severity of the injury an emphasis on prevention and self-care as the key to bring you back to good health.