If you’ve ever been hit from behind while driving or riding in a car, you know the jolting force that it can exert on your head and neck. If the impact is severe enough, it can cause a common condition known as whiplash. You’ve likely heard about it before, but what, exactly, is whiplash? How can you identify it and then treat it?
At Gibson Chiropractic in Sacramento, CA, we’re here to answer any questions that you might have!
Although it most commonly arises as a result of a rear-end car accident, whiplash might be caused by any rapid “back and forth” movement neck movement. The injury gets its name from this movement, which is similar to the cracking of a whip. Other common causes of whiplash include athletic impact (such as tackles and other sports collisions) and physical assault (such as punching, kicking, or shaking).
Whiplash typically presents itself through neck pain and stiffness that tends to worsen with or otherwise restrict movement. Other symptoms of whiplash include….
- Pain in the upper back, shoulders, or arms
- Numbness in the arms
- Sleep disturbances
- Blurred vision
- Ear ringing
- Memory and concentration problems
In addition to taking care while driving and generally avoiding physical impact, you can prevent whiplash by ensuring that your car seat headrests are properly adjusted and that you are wearing the right protective gear when necessary.
The Importance of Prompt Whiplash Treatment
When the injury occurs, whiplash should be addressed immediately by a qualified medical professional. The sooner you get your neck and spine checked, the less likely you will be to develop serious health problems over the long term.
The very nature of the injury can make getting prompt whiplash treatment a bit tricky. Many people who suffer a whiplash injury feel little or no pain or stiffness for many days after the event that caused it. This makes it all the more important to seek professional medical help the minute that symptoms arise. Even better, you can schedule a quick doctor’s appointment whenever a collision places strain on your neck and head.
Common chiropractic care to address whiplash includes in-office spinal and neck manipulation as well as stretching and strengthening exercises that you can do at home. With the proper treatment regimen, most people can recover from a whiplash injury in a few weeks, but the condition can become chronic and cause long-lasting complications.
Get the Help You Need
If you live in the greater Sacramento area and are experiencing symptoms of whiplash, contact Gibson Chiropractic for an initial consultation. A knowledgeable and friendly Gibson Chiropractic representative is waiting to provide more information about whiplash and schedule a prompt appointment with Dr. Gibson. Call (916) 925-2225 or submit an online request today.