Whiplash refers to a type of neck injury resulting from a sudden, forceful motion that resembles that of the cracking of a whip. The neck may be rapidly forced to move from side to side or in a back-and-forth motion – with such force that it can damage the muscles, nerves, and connective tissue in and around the neck and upper back regions. If you are experiencing whiplash symptoms, Dinuba Chiropractic provides chiropractic care for the Dinuba community.
What Causes Whiplash?
A rear-end automobile accident is recognized to be among the most common causes of whiplash. The severity of a whiplash injury caused by a car crash will vary and depend on these factors:
- The direction of the collision
- The vehicle’s speed
- The victim’s age and overall physical condition
However, many individuals may suffer from whiplash if they experience a traumatic fall, or are involved in a contact sport.
Keep in Mind
It is essential to note that a whiplash injury can be tricky because symptoms from the resulting damage may not appear at the time or right after the event that caused the injury. In fact, it is not uncommon for symptoms of whiplash to appear days or weeks after the incident.
As a result, it is important not to assume you are uninjured after an accident simply because you are asymptomatic or without pain. A decision to postpone a professional evaluation or treatment from a chiropractor after an injury like whiplash may create a chronic, ongoing condition.
What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
As noted above, whiplash symptoms include:
- Neck pain and stiffness that increases with movement
- Tenderness across the shoulder and upper back region
- A decrease in the range of motion of the neck
- Headaches radiating from the base of the skull
- Unexplained tiredness or newly onset insomnia
- Tingling down your arms
- Ringing in the ears and/or blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing
Contact Dinuba Chiropractic Center for an Appointment
Whiplash injuries can damage the tendons, muscles, nerves, and ligaments in the body. The trauma from a whiplash incident can even misalign the discs or vertebrae across the shoulder and cervical spine. While some individuals have the good fortune of recovering from a whiplash injury without medical care, most patients require professional care to avoid long-lasting impacts. If you are experiencing whiplash symptoms, contact Dinuba Chiropractic today at (559) 591-4775 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.