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Whiplash: the Invisible Injury

Centennial whiplashMention whiplash, a vigorous and quick back-and-forth movement of the neck, and most people associate it with an auto accident. Though this type of neck sprain does commonly occur with vehicular incidents even at speeds as low as 5-10 mph, whiplash can also result from contact sports such as soccer, football, and hockey.

Listen to Your Body

With whiplash, often there is little immediate pain, but it leads to compensations. In other cases, pain can manifest days or even weeks later, and become chronic. Here are some symptoms you may experience if you sustained whiplash:

  • Back pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Shoulder pain

It’s essential that you don’t ignore any pain or discomfort. You should seek treatment immediately. Opting to simply rest can lead to deconditioning which can prolong the symptoms.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Whiplash

Fortunately, whiplash is highly treatable and, in most cases, symptoms resolve entirely. An examination will be performed to assess the range of motion of your neck and shoulders. We also will take X-rays to determine if another injury contributed to your symptoms. You may be given a cervical collar to wear for about 2-3 weeks.

Risk Increases With Age

As we age, our risk of whiplash increases due to a generalized loss of flexibility and strength. One of the best ways to maintain strength and flexibility is through regular chiropractic adjustments.

If you were involved in an auto accident or sports injury and experienced one or more of the common symptoms associated with whiplash, please contact Highlands Family Chiropractic Center today. We will get you the prompt care you need to get on the road to recovery.

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