When we often think of whiplash, a car accident comes to mind. However, that is not the only way to sustain whiplash. Sports-related injuries, as well as falls, can leave someone with whiplash.
What Causes Whiplash?
A hot summer day and a trip to the amusement park can also leave you feeling like you have sustained whiplash after a rough roller coaster ride.
Aside from car accidents, the most common ways one sustains a whiplash injury is:
- Assault, such as being punched or shaken
- Roller coaster rides
- Sports, especially football, hockey or boxing
- Slip and fall accidents
This type of injury occurs when the neck sustains a force that it is not designed for.
The joints in the neck are most commonly injured. However, the discs between the vertebrae, along with their associated muscles, tendons, and ligaments can be stretched or torn, resulting in symptoms such as:
- Neck pain, stiffness or tenderness
- Headache and dizziness
- Numbness or tingling
- Muscle spasms
- Irritability and memory loss
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
How Our Jonesboro Chiropractors Can Help
Whiplash injury symptoms can present right away or even 72 hours later. If not treated, this pain can occur for weeks and months to come. Studies have shown that nearly 50 percent of all whiplash victims end up with some type of chronic pain for the rest of their life.
If you have been involved in an auto accident, it is always best to be evaluated by medical professionals so they can rule out any soft tissue damage or other injuries that can cause you problems later on in life.
The goal of chiropractic care is to return neck joints affected by whiplash to their normal position to relieve stress on affected nerves and strain on affected muscles. Know someone who might benefit from our care?
Even if you are unsure about your injuries, never second guess any type of pain and be sure to be evaluated promptly. Our Jonesboro chiropractors are readily available to treat any type of pain you may be suffering from so don’t hesitate to contact us today at (404) 602-0387.