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What is Whiplash? 

A whiplash injury occurs when the head and neck are whipped from front to back or side to side, such as during a car accident, contact sports, or other injuries such as a fall. While the term “Whiplash” only describes this initial movement of the head and neck, several other injuries can occur because of whiplash. These include disc bulges and herniations, misalignment of the vertebrae of the spine, bone injury, irritated or damage to the nerves, or injury to the surrounding ligaments and muscles in the neck.  

What are the Symptoms of Whiplash? 

Whiplash injuries can range from mild to severe, depending on the force and direction of the impact. Even if the impact was mild, it is recommended that you see your chiropractor to receive a full examination to determine the extent of the injury. Symptoms of a whiplash injury may include: 

  • Neck pain 

  • Shoulder and upper back pain 

  • Pain, numbness, or tingling that travels to the arms and hands 

  • Headaches 

  • Blurred vision 

  • Difficulty moving your head and neck 

  • Dizziness and vertigo 

  • Fatigue 

  • Ringing in the ears 

  • Difficulty sleeping 

Symptoms of a whiplash injury may not be evident until hours, days, or even weeks after the initial injury. Getting your spine evaluated immediately after the injury is crucial for preventing and reducing the symptoms listed above.  

How Can Chiropractic Help with Whiplash? 

Whiplash injuries primarily affect the head, neck, and surrounding structures. At Essentials of Life Chiropractic, our doctors are trained to evaluate and treat your whiplash injury at its source: your spine. Our treatment approach is personalized and specific to you and your injury. Call our office today to discover how chiropractic can help with your whiplash injury. If your case requires additional forms of treatment such as physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, or more, we are happy to make recommendations for your specific needs. 

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