What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash

What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury to the neck that happens because of the quick back and forth movement of the neck, similar to cracking a whip. Whiplash is a common auto accident injury, but can also be caused by sports accidents or other kinds of trauma. Our auto injury chiropractor in Tampa and Westchase can help with this type of injury.

Many people with whiplash get better after a few weeks of chiropractic care. However, some people develop chronic pain or long-lasting complications as a result of whiplash. Luckily, chiropractic care can help in these situations as well.

What Most People Experience with Whiplash

The symptoms of whiplash will usually happen within a few days after the injury. Common symptoms include stiffness and neck pain, pain that worsens with neck movement, limited range of motion in the neck, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, pain in the shoulder, upper back, or arms, or numbness and tingling in the arms.

Other Severe Symptoms of Whiplash

Other, more severe symptoms of whiplash that can follow a car accident include blurred vision, sleep disturbances, difficulty with concentration, memory problems, depression, irritability, and ringing in the ears.

When to See a Doctor

If you have neck pain or whiplash symptoms after a car accident or another traumatic injury similar to an auto accident injury, you need to get prompt care. Getting the right diagnosis can rule out any other causes of pain and dysfunction, such as broken bones or damage that can actually worsen your symptoms. You may be more likely to have chronic pain if your initial symptoms were intense and started quickly. Any severe neck pain or pain that spreads to the arms can indicate a more severe injury. If you have risk factors such as an existing neck or back injury, have had whiplash before, or are of advanced age, you should also seek care.

Getting Chiropractic Care

The goal of chiropractic care and treatment for whiplash is to control the pain, restore normal range of motion in the neck, and allow you to get back to your normal activities. Treatment plans will depend on the extent of your injury. If your pain is severe, you will need a specialized physical therapy plan that our auto injury chiropractor in Tampa and Westchase can help with. Contact Elan Wellness Center for an appointment.

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