Importance of Seeking Immediate Treatment for Whiplash
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries resulting from a car accident, but it is important to know that whiplash can happen in other ways as well, including playing sports and even riding a roller coaster. The jerking motion when hit from behind in an auto accident or from the bumpy tracks of a roller coaster, cause a change in the natural curve of your neck and upper back.
The unexpected backward movement (extends) and the sudden forward movement (flexion) can cause injury to the joints in your neck and the ligaments and muscles can be over stretched, resulting in whiplash. Unfortunately, whiplash is an injury that many people avoid seeking treatment for, which can create more serious problems.
Treating Whiplash Immediately After an Accident
If you are involved in an accident or have a neck/back injury from playing sports or other activities, it is important to take the possibility of whiplash seriously. It is common for people with whiplash to only feel a little pain or even no pain at all after an accident, but not being treated for whiplash immediately can cause problems to spinal discs and facet joints, which can ultimately lead to chronic pain and immobility. Even if you don’t feel any pain right away, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor the next day.
How Can a Chiropractor Help With Whiplash?
The first thing our chiropractor will do is complete thorough exam, including asking you questions about the accident, such as how forceful the movement was in your neck. Depending on the severity of your injuries, chiropractic treatment may include massage therapy, physical therapy, stretches and strengthening exercises, spinal alignments and/or injections to block pain impulses.
The most important thing to remember is that whiplash injuries can be more serious than you initially think and the longer you delay treatment, the greater the risk is of developing additional/more serious problems.
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If you have been injured in an accident and suspect you may have whiplash, contact Blue Apple Walk In Chiropractic to schedule an exam.