One of the most common conditions when we're talking about car accidents is whiplash. We all know that whiplash is a bad thing to experience, but what exactly is it? Will it go away without needing treatment? What kind of treatments should you look into after you're diagnosed? There are dozens of questions you may have about whiplash, but they don't generally get asked until after you have been told you have it. While we obviously hope that you never experience this injury yourself, we also believe that it's a good idea for people to know about different types of injuries, so here are some basic whiplash facts for you.
Whiplash is an injury specifically of the neck that occurs when there is a sudden and quick movement of the head from front to back, much like the motion of the end of a whip when it's cracked. This often occurs during a car crash, but it is also sometimes seen in sports injuries and in different kinds of abuse. A case of whiplash often sees the victim dealing with neck pain, stiffness, and headaches. Symptoms also may include loss of movement, memory issues, tingling or numbness, tinnitus, fatigue, irritability, dizziness, trouble focusing, blurred vision, depression, tenderness, and sleep issues.
While it is always a good idea to see a doctor after being in a car crash, it is even more important to seek medical attention if you develop any of these symptoms. Most people who develop whiplash can mostly self-treat it as it heals, which usually happens within a few weeks. However, you do want to see a doctor so they can make sure the pain you're experiencing isn’t caused by something more dangerous, such as muscle damage or a broken bone. It is increasingly important to get medical care if you have had whiplash before, are older, or have a pre-existing condition. Even if you think your case of whiplash will go away on its own, it's always better to get the all clear from your doctor so you know everything is okay.
Getting chiropractic care after a car accident is one of the best things you can do for your body. If you were injured during a crash of any kind, give DiBella Chiropractic a call and let us help you with your pain. We will do everything we can to get you back up and on your feet the way you were before the accident!