Whiplash occurs whenever the spine is unexpectedly moved in a certain direction and then snaps back in the opposite direction. It frequently occurs in car accidents, but is by no means limited to this cause alone. It can happen whenever there is any sudden and unexpected movement. It can come through sports, through falling, or through slipping.
Symptoms of Whiplash
There are three highly common symptoms that might suggest you have a whiplash injury:
A persistent neck pain indicates that a whiplash injury might be present. It’s also important to remember that issues with the neck can cause ‘referred pain’ where the discomfort is felt elsewhere. For whiplash, this pain might manifest in your head, your arms, or in the middle of the back.
Whiplash derived headaches often feel like they are originating in your neck. The medical term for this is a cervincogenic headache, with a low dull ache
Low Back Pain
When you feel discomfort in your lower back, this can be originating in a whiplash injury. This is especially common in problems that stem from a car accident.
How Can Chiropractic Relieve Whiplash?
The principal ways in which chiropractic can help you are with gentle spinal manipulation to reduce inflammation and to help the nervous system to return to normal healthy functioning.
Stretching exercises are also extremely helpful where the injury involves your neck.