What is Whiplash Pain Like?
Whiplash is a condition that can affect people as a result of car accidents, occupational injuries, sports related injuries and other similar incidents. Many people who are affected by whiplash fail to get medical treatment in a timely manner because they’re unaware that they’ve been injured. Whiplash symptoms can take time to set in and often manifest slowly. Knowing the symptoms of whiplash can help you identify this condition when it occurs.
Whiplash, also known as “neck strain” and “neck hyperextension” is a condition that occurs when the head is jerked violently, causing tiny tears in the muscles and ligaments.
Whiplash Pain and Other Symptoms
One of the primary symptoms of whiplash is pain in and around the neck. This pain is most often felt on the back of the neck along the spine or on either side of the spine. Sometimes this pain is accompanied by muscle spasms and muscle tenderness. Pain from whiplash often gets worse when the patient tries to turn his or her head. In addition to pain in the neck, the patient may also experience the following:
- Tingling and numbness in the arms.
- Muscle stiffness.
- Limited range of motion.
- Pain in the shoulders, upper back and upper arms.
Some patients will also experience unexpected symptoms such as irritability, blurry vision, difficulty focusing and insomnia. These symptoms are all related to dysfunction within the central nervous system and injury in the spine.
Chiropractic Treatments Help Accident Victims Heal
Chiropractors use a technique called spinal adjustment to help patients heal from injuries like whiplash. Spinal adjustment can improve range of motion, reduce muscle stiffness, eliminate subluxations and speed the healing process. By realigning the vertebrae, chiropractors help restore proper functioning to the central nervous system, enabling the body to heal itself. Chiropractic care is all natural, non-invasive and involves no addictive medications. To make an appointment, contact us at Health Quest Chiropractic at (505) 407-3084.