The specifics of whiplash (defined as damage to the soft tissues of the neck as a result of a sudden force causing the head to whip forward and backward) are fairly simple, but it can result in some very not-so-simple pain. Most cases of whiplash will heal on their own, but some cases can cause serious issues as the years progress.
Unfortunately there’s no way to tell how severe a case of whiplash is without an examination by an orthopedic specialist, so to avoid the long-term health effects of whiplash when untreated by a chiropractor in Lithia Springs, you should get checked out if you have been in a car accident or suffered a bad fall and feel pain and stiffness in your neck.
The most well known symptoms of whiplash are neck pain and stiffness, but there are several additional symptoms to look out for. Additional symptoms are:
If you have recently been in a car accident or otherwise experienced physical trauma that could have caused whiplash and you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, contact a doctor to ensure that your injury heals properly. If your injury doesn’t heal properly it can lead to reduced range of motion and chronic pain.
Untreated whiplash can lead to:
Though it’s best to get screened for any injuries as soon as possible after an accident, if you waited there’s still hope. Car insurance won’t cover the cost of treatment (waiting any more than 24 hours gives the insurance company room to say that something other than a car accident could have caused your injury), but you can find relief.
Whether you were recently in a car accident, or you were injured years ago and believe that you may be suffering the effects of untreated whiplash, proper chiropractic treatment can help. It can encourage the healing of a new injury and soothe the lingering discomfort from an old one.
Accidents happen, and sometimes injuries can’t be avoided, but proper treatment can make them temporary.