Whiplash: When to Seek Treatment (the answer is immediately)
Not everyone is a perfect driver. There are more than 200,000 car crashes in Florida annually and the majority result in whiplash injuries. The dictionary definition of whiplash states that it is an injury caused by a severe jerk to the head, usually in motor-vehicle accidents. The most frequent causes of whiplash are rear-end accidents. You may be grateful that you got away barely scathed at first, but whiplash usually decides to present itself gradually. You may not feel pain or any symptoms until weeks after the crash. It is very important that you contact your doctor or your local Daytona Beach Chiropractic offices to get a full exam and possible treatment for any unknown injuries.
There are two types of whiplash injuries.
- Hyperflexion is where the head extends forward way beyond its normal limit.
- Hyperextension is where the head extends backwards way beyond its normal limit.
Both are caused by sudden impact and both damage the cervical spine (the neck). It can cause sprain or strain to the cervical vertebrae, ligaments, muscles, tendons and more. Whiplash can even damage other parts of the spine if left untreated. Once a part of your spine is misaligned, a chain of events which create other misalignments within the spine is likely.
Whiplash is not always caused by automobile accidents. It can be caused by falling, being shaken, punched, sports injuries or basically anything that forces the neck to suddenly hyperextend.
Symptoms of whiplash include the following:
- Paresthesia (tingling, burning, or numbness in the arm, back, shoulder, or neck)
- Pain in the arm or shoulder
- Limited mobility
- Pain that radiates into the hand(s)
Very rarely do whiplash victims require surgery. Alternative methods can be used to treat whiplash. Chiropractic treatments such as gentle exercises, massage, cold or heat treatments and possibly the use of chiropractic adjustments. You may or may not need a CT scan or MRI to be diagnosed with whiplash. It is very important you seek out medical or chiropractic care after an automobile accident, whether or not you think you’re completely fine.