Neck strain or whiplash can occur because of many different reasons, but the major one is a car accident because of the fast jerking forward motion and then your head hitting the back of the seat. If your head jerks forward, that’s also a way to strain your neck. However, how do you know if the pain you’re experiencing is whiplash? What are the symptoms, treatments, and how exactly does it occur? At Lifetime Spines, we’re going to dive into what it means to have whiplash and how our chiropractic care services can help to ease the strain in your neck. If you’ve been in a car accident or you’ve sustained an injury that caused whiplash, chiropractic care professionals will be able to help you. Contact us for more information on whiplash.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a sprain of the neck. Generally, this injury is caused because of car accidents, but the actual definition of whiplash is a blow to your head or the motion of jerking backward and forward to cause strain on the neck. The sudden movement of your neck going forward and back tears the muscle and the tendons in the neck. It’s important that when you experience whiplash that you know the symptoms of it because many people get it confused with sprains, which are different. A neck strain is damaged that has been sustained to the muscles and the tendons as well as the tissue that connects the muscles and the bones.
How Does Whiplash Occur?
As we touched on briefly, whiplash occurs for a few reasons. The main one is an auto accident. Many people who have been in vehicular collision experience whiplash. The cause for whiplash is generally because of a collision; however, there are other ways that you can get whiplash. For example, if you play a lot of sports, then you are more likely to get whiplash. Violent shaking by the shoulders can cause whiplash as well as being punched. Due to these movements, the neck can experience intense flexing and extension similar to a nodding of ‘yes,’ which is how an injury is sustained and the ligaments, nerves, muscles, and the neck are damaged. Whiplash can also cause vessel tears, which releases an inflammatory material that causes the pain and swelling in your neck and the surrounding areas.
Symptoms Of Whiplash
Whiplash might be self-explanatory, but the symptoms of it vary from person to person. In addition, it can take days for the symptoms to actually show up. After a car accident, you might think you’re okay, but a few days later, you’re experiencing some pretty painful symptoms. You might have whiplash if you’re experiencing these symptoms:
- Stiff neck
- Memory disturbances
- Stiffness when turning the head
- Tightness in neck
- Knotted muscles
- Muscle spasms
- Decreased range of motion
It’s important that if you’re experiencing these symptoms, that you get checked out by a doctor. The quick movement of your head going back and forth can also cause a concussion and it’s vital that you get checked out to make sure your injuries aren’t more severe. If you have a headache that persists over time or you feel dizzy, then you might have a concussion and it’s important that you talk to a doctor.
If you have already been checked out by a doctor and you want to get treated for whiplash, then Lifetime Spines can assist you in feeling less strained, knotted, and stiff.
How Can We Treat Whiplash
At Lifetime Spines, we specialize in whiplash treatment. When you feel that pain at the base of your neck or your body feels tender, it’s important that you come in and get treated with our chiropractic care services. Our chiropractic care services will treat the physical condition of whiplash, as well as help you with lawyers and insurance. Having whiplash is a very painful experience, but when you have the help you need to treat the pain, then it’ll be easier on you and your body. While you may be tempted to just use painkillers for the pain or ice your neck, when you come in to see a professional, we’ll ease the pain for the long-term. To get treated, stop into Lifetime Spines.