Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. Whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end car accident, but the injury can also result from a sports accident, or other trauma.
Common signs and symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiffness and headaches, vertigo, blurred vision, pain, numbness or pins and needles in the shoulders, neck, arms and hands. You may also experience stiffness of the neck, thoracic area all the way down to lumbar area.
How can your Chiropractor help you?
We will use specific and gentle manipulative techniques to the vertebrae, designed to help return the normal function of the vertebral column. These techniques will also help the ligaments and the muscles to heal faster. only after careful examination and case history of your whiplash injury and taking x-rays or MRI, will we start to administer any treatment.
Special gentle techniques suitable for older patients and children can also be used. If you have suffered a whiplash injury recently or even a long time a go and may be suffering any of these symptoms we are able to help you.
Recovery time depends on how serious your whiplash is. Most cases resolve in a few days. But other neck strains may take weeks or longer to heal. Remember that everyone heals at a different rate.
Once the acute symptoms of neck strain are gone, your doctor will probably want you to start rehabilitation. This will make your neck muscles stronger and more limber. It will help you both recover and reduce the odds of straining your neck again in the future.
You might start with gentle stretching exercises that become more vigorous as you get better. But don’t start exercising without talking to your doctor first.
Whatever you do, don’t rush things. People who play contact sports need to be especially careful that they are fully healed before playing again. Your doctor will clear you to resume your activity when you are ready. Do not try to return to your previous level of physical activity until you can:
Look over both shoulders without pain or stiffness
Rock your head all the way forward and all the way back without pain or stiffness
Rock your head from side to side without pain or stiffness
If you start pushing yourself before your neck strain is healed, you could end up with chronic neck pain and permanent injury.
Practice strengthening exercises to keep your neck muscles strong and limber, especially if you have had neck strain before.
People who sit in the same position all day, like office workers, should take regular breaks to stretch and exercise.