Something that we often hear about when it comes to car accidents is whiplash. We all know that whiplash is bad, but what exactly is it? Why is it something that you need to see a doctor for? What kinds of treatments are available? There are hundreds of questions that get asked about whiplash and often they aren’t asked until after someone has already been diagnosed. While we obviously hope that you never need this information for yourself, we also believe that it is good to be well versed in these kinds of things so here are some basic facts about whiplash for you.
Whiplash is a neck injury caused by sharp, fast movement front to back much like the movement of a whip. This often occurs as the result of a car accident, but is also seen in abuse cases or some sports injuries. Normally, a case of whiplash means that the victim has neck pain, stiffness, and headaches. It can also include loss of movement, tingling or numbness, dizziness, fatigue, blurred vision, irritability, trouble focusing, memory issues, depression, tenderness, tinnitus, and sleep issues. While it is always important to see a doctor after a car accident, it is even more important to do so if you have or develop any of these symptoms so that you can get the proper treatment and documentation.
Most people who develop whiplash can self-treat it before it becomes better within a few weeks, but you always want to check and make sure that the pain you feel isn’t from something more serious like muscle damage or even a fracture. It is especially important to seek medical treatment if you have had whiplash before, are older, or have a pre-existing condition that can be aggravated by a condition like whiplash. It is impossible to know how every person will react to a case of whiplash, so it’s always better to see a doctor and be monitored than to leave it up to chance.
Undergoing chiropractic care after a car accident is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. If you were hurt in an impact, then you should definitely come into DiBella and let us help you with any pain you may have. Getting the proper care is so important and we will do everything we can to get you back to normal. There’s nothing like a chiropractor to help you feel better!