What is Whiplash?
Whiplash happens when the head is suddenly forced forward and backwards rapidly, therefore causing the spine to go through quick movements and extreme stresses. Car accidents are not the only cause for whiplash. Studies show that most people think being rear-ended at a stop light is the only way for whiplash to occur. However, this is not always the case. Whiplash can happen in a lot of ways.
Common Ways Whiplash Occurs
A person who plays contact sports like football is at risk for a whiplash injury. This usually takes place when the proper equipment is not used, most often resulting in sports injuries. Whiplash can occur at work depending on the work conditions. Activities such as riding on rollercoasters and horseback riding are causes. Although, whiplash is not a life-threatening issue, just one experience that changes the curve in the upper back and neck can cause serious long-term complications if not treated immediately.
The side effects of whiplash can sometimes take days, weeks and even months before symptoms start to appear, which leads most people to think they are fine without being diagnosed. This is very common after minor car accidents. Listed below are whiplash symptoms to watch for after a car accident, injury or fall.
Chronic neck and shoulder pain
Tightness or spasms of the muscles in the upper back and neck
Abnormal sensations such as burning or tingling
Complications swallowing or chewing
These are just a few of the long-term complications of whiplash if left untreated. Even when the symptoms do not appear immediately, it is important to schedule an appointment to see your chiropractic doctor.
Ways Whiplash Can Be Treated
While it is important to know the symptoms of whiplash. Having information about the different treatment options are equally important. Each of the treatment plans are determined by the severity of the whiplash injury. Chiropractic care which consists of gentle adjustments to the affected areas is always recommended. Delaware Injury Care provides several therapy techniques for treating whiplash. The treatments include dry hydrotherapy, rock tape, muscular rehabilitation and class 4 laser therapy. Class 4 laser therapy is a safe and effective treatment that treats the pain of the whiplash injury and supports internal healing of the body.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Dover Delaware, call Delaware Injury Care for a free consultation. Your treatment is covered and Delaware Injury Care provides therapy, laser therapy for pain, rehabilitation, gentle chiropractic care and more depending on your needs.
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