Car accidents happen every day, in all parts of the world. Luckily, not all of them are fatal but you can become vulnerable to the side effects of car accidents. Besides damaging your vehicle, you can suffer some serious car crash injuries.
Whiplash is perhaps one of the most common injuries from a car accident that we often ignore due to lack of knowledge. This article is going to cover every detail that you must know about a car accident whiplash, the symptoms, and how is whiplash treated?
What Is Car Accident Whiplash Injury?
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Whiplash is the neck injury that is caused due to a jerk when the head suddenly moves backward and then forward. You can see the head motion in the above image. In a whiplash, the soft tissues of your neck extend beyond the typical range of motion and so the neck bone, disc, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve may get damaged. Although, whiplash from a car accident is a mild condition but it can cause long-term pain and discomfort.
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The neck whiplash injury mostly occurs during a rear-end vehicle collisions but it can also occur from,
- Amusement park rides
- Sports like football, boxing or karate
- Horse riding
- Physical abuse like punch in the face
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
Whiplash pain is often unignorable. The symptoms can include:
- Neck pain, stiffness or tightness in the neck muscles
- Loss in the range of neck movement
- Difficulty and pain in moving head side to side or up and down
- Headaches, at the base of the skull
- Pain and tenderness in the shoulders, upper back, and arms
- Dizziness or tiredness
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How To Treat Whiplash?
There is no particular treatment known to be effective for whiplash. It all depends upon the variety of symptoms but doctors advice certain methods like, physical therapy, medications, traction, ultrasound and some exercises, which can be helpful for some patients. They also recommend putting ice right after injury for 24 hours and gentle movements later.
Earlier, whiplash was treated by immobilizing the cervical collar, in order to avoid additional injuries. But this process has been found to slow down the healing process.
Whiplash and chiropractic treatment
The chiropractic treatment along with soft tissue rehabilitation, exercises, and personal care can be very effective for whiplash. Because every whiplash injury is different, the chiropractor will advice different chiropractic treatment for different individuals. These includes manipulation of the spine, muscle relaxation and various exercises.
Soft tissue rehabilitation
When we talk about ‘soft tissue’, we are referring the muscles, ligaments, tendons, nervous system, spinal discs and internal organs of our body. During a whiplash injury, the tissues that get worst affected are the soft tissues, muscles and spinal discs. In order to minimize long-term impact and permanent disability, doctors advice therapies that stimulate and relax the soft tissues. These therapies include massages, electro-stimulation, trigger point therapy and some movements.
The chiropractic treatment and soft tissue rehabilitation process will not be effective if you do not take proper care at home. It is important to follow doctors instructions of home care. The therapies that you can do at home yourself includes ice packs, specific exercises or movements, having supplements or medications regularly, not exerting yourself and taking rest.
Have you been involved in a car accident recently? Have a checkup soon as soon as possible. Making a claim after a car accident can become difficult if you delay the medical treatment. You might also need a whiplash injury lawyer.
If you were involved in car accident or have filed any personal injury claim, share your experiences in the comments below to enlighten others!