3 Signs You Have Whiplash After an Auto Accident
If you have just been in an auto accident, and you may feel stressed and confused about insurance coverage, replacing a damaged car, and settling with other parties. The last thing you may be thinking about is your own wellness, especially as you return to your daily life. Ignoring your health after a car accident is not the best idea, especially because it can create lasting discomfort. Whiplash is one of the most common auto accident injuries that you should be checked for.
Whiplash is an extremely common auto accident injury and can appear immediately or up to 2 weeks after a car accident. Specifically speaking, whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful back-and-forth motion of the neck. When your tendons rapidly stretch and compress in a car accident, it can cause them to tear, creating long-term pain and discomfort.
Three signs that you may develop whiplash after an auto accident are:
- Neck Pain and Stiffness – This happens because your neck is trying to repair itself but causes pain in the process. This pain could last from a few days to many months if not treated properly.
- Loss of Range of Motion in the Neck – Damaged tendons will tighten and make it hard to turn your neck as far as it would normally go. Visit a chiropractor to help increase your range of motion naturally.
- Pain in Shoulder and Arms –The pain from whiplash can continue from your neck to your shoulder to your upper arms, depending on how severe your initial whiplash was.
After any auto accident, it is a good idea to visit a chiropractor. This is because, if left untreated, more painful symptoms may appear several days (or weeks) after the car accident.
The primary whiplash treatment is spinal manipulation, which involves the chiropractor gently moving the involved joint into the direction in which it is restricted.
If you have been in an auto accident, make an appointment with Dr. Gotro to get natural, drug-free treatment.