Whiplash: What You Need To Know
If you've been in an accident, you may be wondering if you've experienced whiplash. While neck pain and shoulder pain are hallmarks of the condition, there are other indicators that you may be experiencing a whiplash injury. Let's take a look at what whiplash is, how to know whether you have it, and what to do in the event that you're dealing with whiplash symptoms.
Normally, the muscles and tendons in the neck and upper back do a great job of bracing your body for impact. When you're in a car accident, your body usually does not know that an impact is coming. This means that your head, neck, and shoulders don't have time to prepare for the impact. This may cause your neck muscles and tendons to move in unnatural ways, stretching further than usual. This is known as whiplash.
Whiplash symptoms typically do not appear right away. It may take 24 to 72 hours for symptoms to begin. Whiplash symptoms may include neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, migraines, mood issues, sleep issues, nausea, fatigue, and more. While some people notice confusion and/ or dizziness, these are not present for everyone who suffers from whiplash.
If you've been in an accident where you may have experienced whiplash, it's essential that you get treatment from a chiropractor right away. Whiplash is easiest to treat before symptoms set in. If you wait until symptoms set in to seek treatment, it will take longer for you to recover than if you had sought treatment earlier. Our chiropractor will work with you to develop a treatment plan for your whiplash. Most people respond well to a combination of rest, chiropractic adjustment, hot/ cold therapy, and corrective exercise.