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Identifying the Symptoms, and Healing Whiplash Injuries After An Auto Accident

In this installment of our latest blog post series on auto accidents, Dr. Hicks explains what whiplash is and how our approaches address it.

man with neck painWhiplash is the most common mechanism of injury mentioned in a crash. It is not an actual diagnosis. It is more commonly referred to as acceleration-deceleration injuries, where the symptoms are known as whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) and include the ligament injuries, disc herniations, and radiculopathy (tingling and numbness) that can go down into the hands and fingers.

How Does It Occur?

The spine experiences such a rapid, jerking motion that the muscles can’t protect the spine, and your ligaments are injured. In addition to auto accidents, whiplash may also occur from roller coaster rides, sports-related activities, and skiing injuries. Whatever the cause, an in-depth orthopedic and neurological examination at Highlands Family Chiropractic will determine where the damage is, and how best to treat your problem.

Symptoms of whiplash may include

  • Neck pain that worsens with movement or over time
  • Difficulty moving the neck
  • Sore shoulders or upper back
  • Headaches, especially those that come on through the day
  • Arm tingling or numbness
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling tired and more

Some less common symptoms may include blurry vision, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), irritability, memory problems, trouble with concentration, insomnia, and depression.

Other injuries to the spine and body can also occur in a crash. Low back pain is commonly associated with front-end collisions. Shoulders and hip injuries may also occur due to the seatbelt, however they may prevent significantly worse injuries.

Making contact with other parts of the vehicle may also cause injuries. Knees and shoulders might be jammed into the dashboard, center console, door, or steering wheel, creating different injuries.

Get Checked Out Now

If you’ve been in an auto accident, whiplash is a real possibility. Untreated injuries may cause serious problems in the future. Why take a chance? Natural chiropractic care is designed to correct these issues. Contact our office today to make an appointment.

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