Many individuals turn to chiropractic care following auto accidents, where a common injury known as whiplash can occur. Whiplash is the result of a rapid back-to-front movement of the head and neck, akin to the cracking of a whip. Rear-end collisions are the most frequent cause of whiplash, although it can stem from various types of trauma, accidents, abuse, and falls.
In many cases, individuals involved in accidents may not immediately recognize that they have sustained a whiplash injury. Often, symptoms only become persistent and lead to further complications weeks or even months after the initial incident. If you suspect that your neck has been affected by an accident or trauma, this article will help you determine if you are dealing with whiplash and how chiropractic care can contribute to your recovery.
During car accidents, contact sports like football, or instances of physical trauma such as assault, the neck can undergo a whipping motion from back to front. Whiplash refers to the initial impact, but the consequences can encompass:
Whiplash injuries can range from mild to severe, with greater severity often observed when headrests are improperly positioned or set too low. If the impact was substantial or the headrest inadequately placed, fractures or tissue damage are possible outcomes. It is strongly recommended to seek evaluation by a chiropractor, including thorough examinations and x-rays. Even seemingly minor impacts can result in whiplash, indicated by the following symptoms:
Reach out to us at The Way Health & Spine in Newport Beach to explore how chiropractic care can aid in your whiplash recovery.
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