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What Happens When You Get Whiplash?

Woman grabbing neck.

Neck pain out of nowhere? Whiplash isn’t just caused by motor vehicle accidents-a fall or athletic injury can also cause it.

Who knew a fun day at the amusement park could result in a whiplash injury?

When you hear the word, “whiplash,” most people immediately picture a rear-end motor vehicle accident. But there are many other ways that whiplash injuries can occur, including:

  • Physical assault, such as being punched or shaken
  • Roller coaster rides, go karts, etc.
  • Sports injuries including football, soccer, extreme sports, boxing, etc.
  • Slips and falls

A whiplash injury occurs when the cervical spine (neck) is rapidly stretched beyond its normal range of motion in a forward (flexion), backward (extension) or sideways movement.

As a result of this movement, discs between the vertebrae, along with their associated muscles, tendons, and ligaments can be stretched or torn, resulting in symptoms such as:

  • Neck pain, stiffness, or tenderness
  • Headache and dizziness
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Muscle spasms
  • Irritability and memory loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears

How Chiropractic Can Help

These symptoms and related pain can show up immediately or up to 72 hours after the impact that caused the whiplash injury. And the pain and discomfort can last for months, even years.

People often down play the extent of their injuries initially after an accident. This can cause serious problems later on as most of the injury is to the disc and facet joints.

The goal of chiropractic care is to return neck joints affected by whiplash to their normal position to relieve stress on affected nerves and strain on affected muscles. Know someone who might benefit from our care? Contact us today.

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