Whiplash is defined as a sudden, forceful back and forth movement of the neck. The most common type of whiplash injury occurs in car accidents. When...
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Pay attention to how your body feels after a car accident. You can walk away from a car accident with no bruises or cuts. However, that does not guarantee you have not been injured. There are many injuries that do not appear until the next day. When these types of injuries are undiagnosed, they can have long-term effects on your body. These injuries bring a great deal of pain and discomfort.
Whiplash and Your Brain
Did you know that injuries to your neck during a car accident can affect your head as well? Car accident injuries can do damage to the structure and function of your brain. Your brain suffering damage puts you at risk for memory loss. Also, you may start to feel dizzy and have problems with your eye sight. Whiplash happens when your neck experiences rapid movement forward and backward. The forceful thrust injures your neck and your head. During most rear-end collisions whiplash will happen. The symptoms of whiplash can be very painful, especially when they are not treated. Symptoms of whiplash can include constant pain in your neck. The neck injury can cause your neck to become very stiff. A stiff neck can hinder how you move your neck. Another symptom caused by whiplash is a headache. Headaches may cause you to feel sharp pains in any part of your head. Not only does whiplash cause headaches, but it also causes conditions such as concussions and post-concussion syndrome. Any untreated whiplash symptoms can get worse overtime. Chiropractic care immediately after a car accident is important to keep a whiplash injury from becoming very serious.
A back injury can occur in many different ways during a car accident. It does not matter if the injury is minor. It can still have a major impact on your body. Rear-end collisions that happen at high speed are what mostly causes severe back injuries. However, chronic back pain can also be a result of any type of car accident, including low speed collisions. Spinal injuries happen when there is damage to your nerves and muscles. Many serious injuries can cause damage that is permanent. These injuries can lead to your body feeling very numb and prevent body movement. Therefore, your car accident injuries need to be diagnosed by your chiropractor and treated as soon as possible following the car accident injury.