Affecting nearly one million people each year, whiplash is the single most common type of auto-related injury. In short, it’s used to describe any type of painful injury that’s caused by sudden movement to the head and/or neck. Whiplash oftentimes occurs when a vehicle suddenly stops from a crash or sudden braking. Passengers in the car will have their upper bodies thrown forward while the seat belt restrains their lower body, resulting in a condition known as whiplash. If you are experiencing this condition, you should consider seeking the treatment services offered by a professional chiropractor; here’s why:
So, how do you know if you are suffering from whiplash? As previously stated, the condition is caused by the sudden movement or jerking motion of the head or neck. This generally occurs when the individual is riding or driving in a car, but it can also occur outside of a vehicle. Don’t assume that you are safe from whiplash just because you weren’t in a car during the time of an incident. Some people have experienced it from skiing, snowboarding, basketball, boxing and even dancing.
Common symptoms associated with whiplash usually include headaches, neck pain, back pain, neck stiffness, insomnia, restlessness and dizziness. People suffering from whiplash may notice these symptoms immediately after the incident, or they may not experience them until 24 hours afterwords. This is why it’s important to take every automobile accident seriously, as you simply don’t know what (if any) injuries were sustained.
A little over a century ago, whiplash was a condition known as “railroad spin.” This is because cars weren’t invented back then, and the only time people experienced whiplash was from riding on the railroad.
If you’ve been in an auto accident and experienced neck pain afterwords, you could be suffering from whiplash. Neck pain and stiffness are two of the most common signs associated with the problem, and they may occur up to three days after the incident. Schedule an appointment with your general practitioner or a professional chiropractor to diagnose the injury.
The good news is that most problems associated with whiplash can usually be fixed and worked out by a professional chiropractor. They can offer a wide range of services including adjustments, realignments, manipulations and muscle relaxments to treat the root cause of the problem. It’s important to note, however, that everyone’s condition is different, and there’s no single way to treat all conditions. The chiropractor will have to assess your specific whiplash condition to determine the best course of treatment.
Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of whiplash and how to treat it. While it’s the single most non-fatal type of automobile-related injury in the world, many people suffering from it never seek treatment. As a result, they continue to go about their day-to-day lives dealing with the pain, stiffness and general discomfort caused from it. You should never force yourself to live with daily pain and discomfort caused by whiplash. Instead, seek the care of a professional chiropractor. Only they will be able to treat the root cause of the problem.Share