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After an auto accident, it is important to get checked by a chiropractor for whiplash injuries, which include spinal bone misalignment’s and soft tissue damage (tendons, discs, muscles, and ligaments). Symptoms may not appear for days or even weeks after the car accident, so don’t wait for the pain to begin before making an appointment to get checked.
Chiropractic care has been proven safe and effective and is the preferred treatment for auto accident injuries.
If you have been involved in a car accident, please call 911 from the scene for immediate assistance. Your second call should be to a chiropractor, even if you have not yet experienced any immediate symptoms. It is wise to get checked!
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The most common symptoms of whiplash are pain and stiffness in the neck. These symptoms are generally found in the areas that are “whiplashed.” During a whiplash, the head is lifted up from the upper-cervical spine. This creates a sprain/strain in the region just below the skull, where symptoms usually occur. Symptoms are also commonly seen in the front and back of the neck. Turning the head often makes the pain and discomfort worse.
Headache, especially at the base of the skull, is also a common symptom, seen in more than two thirds of patients. These headaches may be one-sided (unilateral) or experienced on both sides (bilateral). In addition, pain and stiffness may extend down into the shoulders, arms, upper back, and even the upper chest.
Apart from musculoskeletal symptoms, some patients also experience dizziness, difficulty swallowing, nausea, and even blurred vision after a whiplash injury. While these symptoms are disconcerting, in some cases they disappear within a relatively short time. If they persist, it is very important to inform your doctor. Vertigo (the sensation of the room spinning) and ringing in the ears may also be experienced. Some patients may feel pain in the jaw. Others will even complain of irritability, fatigue, sensitivity to light or sound, and difficulty concentrating. These symptoms often resolve quickly but may persist for weeks, months, or even years.
Another important and interesting aspect of whiplash is that the signs and symptoms often do not develop until 2 to 48 hours after the injury (sometimes even later). This scenario is relatively common but not completely understood. Some speculate that it may be due to delayed muscle soreness, a condition seen in other circumstances.