18 Mar Relieving Whiplash After a Car Accident
Most people will have neck pain at one point or another. This can happen when we’re on our phones too much, when we sit and stare at a computer too long, or even when we just sleep on it wrong. However, whiplash is a more serious neck injury. When accidents happen, injuries typically follow. If you’ve been in a car accident and had neck pain after, you have probably suffered from whiplash.
Whiplash is when you injure your neck due to force. Common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Pain or tightness in the neck
- Shoulder and arm pain
- Jaw pain
- Back pain
Keep reading to learn how our auto assessment and treatment care can help with relieving whiplash after a car accident.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury to the neck that is caused from being moved forward and backwards forcibly. Altogether, the injury can affect the muscles, discs, nerves, and tendons in your neck according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Whiplash is most commonly caused by car accidents, where there was a sudden deceleration, or in some cases acceleration. Most whiplash injuries happen when your vehicle is rear-ended. It’s also not uncommon to see patients that have whiplash due to sports or athletics, and even fun activities like riding roller coasters.
Can You Prevent it?
While you can’t always prevent car accidents from happening, you can take several steps to help prevent whiplash injury while driving. Spineuniverse gives these tips on how to prevent whiplash while driving:
- Always wear your seatbelt when you’re in the car
- Adjust headrest to fit even with the top of your ears, and sit about 2 inches from your head
- Don’t recline your seat too far back
- Before you buy a new car, check to see that the headrest can adjust appropriately before buying
Whiplash is also common in sports. If you play contact sports, be sure to always wear protective equipment, like a helmet, to help prevent the injury from happening.
Some more of the most common symptoms of this injury include:
- Stiffness and pain in neck and shoulders
- Back pain
- Headaches at the base of the skull
- Dizziness and blurred vision
- Pain or numbness in arms and hands
- Ringing ears
- Concentration problems
After a car accident you probably just want to head home and rest, however, if you don’t seek appropriate care in the immediate days following the injury you risk long-term complications, like:
- Chronic pain
- Damage to spine
- Nerve compression
- Muscle cramps
How Chiropractic Care Helps
If you don’t need hospital care after a car accident and don’t have risk of internal injuries, you should see a chiropractor. Here at Mile High Spine & Pain Center, we provide a number of treatments that can help relieve neck pain from whiplash.
When you come in for an adjustment, our team will begin by learning your health history and what caused your whiplash. From there, we will be able to know the best course of action to take to treat your injury.
Spine-Health provides details on how a chiropractor can help your pain after a whiplash injury. A chiropractor can help your pain by:
This is a chiropractic adjustment. During this, the chiropractor will apply a short, quick thrust in the direction of the pain to help alleviate your symptoms.
Muscle stimulation and relaxation
This involves gentle stretching to help with tension and bring movement back to the injured muscle.
Exercising is an important part of getting your muscle healthy again and maintaining it. The chiropractor will be able to suggest light physical therapy exercises to help treat your whiplash pain.
Ergonomic and lifestyle changes
Whiplash can make it difficult to do your daily tasks like sitting at your computer. When you have this injury, the chiropractor may suggest changes to make to your office and other areas of your life to help your injury heal faster.
How Long is the Recovery?
Recovering from whiplash doesn’t happen overnight. If the injury is severe enough, it can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to half a year to become pain-free.
Make an Appointment
If you have had a whiplash injury recently, or think you might have, call our team here at Mile High Spine & Pain Center at (720)-507-0080. We provide customized treatment plans to help whiplash patients in Westminster and Broomfield. Walking you through every step of the way, you’ll be able to understand your diagnosis and learn how to make the necessary lifestyle changes to be on your way to being pain-free soon. Your consultation is free, so don’t wait!