Whiplash is a very common injury that occurs in car accidents and other types of trauma. How can you know if you have experienced whiplash in an accident? Since the answer is not always neck pain, here are a few things to watch for.
Early Symptoms of Whiplash
Obviously, neck pain or soreness is the number one warning factor. If you have trouble moving your neck the morning after an accident, or even a few days later, whiplash is likely. Here are a few other symptoms that you may not associate with your neck.
- Headaches – If you begin to have headaches after the accident with no other discernable cause, you may have experienced whiplash.
- Numbness or tingling – If these symptoms occur in the extremities, an underlying musculoskeletal injury may have occurred.
- Vertigo – Nerve damage or other complications of whiplash can cause this form of dizziness.
- Hearing or vision problems – Many of the sense rely on messages being passed through the neck, particularly between the brainstem and spinal cord.
In reality, all of these whiplash symptoms can be caused by the same problem, a misalignment of the upper cervical spine. When such a misalignment occurs, it can put pressure on the brainstem or even restrict the proper flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid to the brain.
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Proper Whiplash Care Is Vital
The fact is that some of the symptoms noted above may not occur immediately following an accident. Years can pass before all of the effects of whiplash make themselves known. For this reason, it is important to seek an upper cervical examination any time the head or neck is injured.
At Crowder Specific Chiropractic, we can provide just such an examination. If a subluxation is revealed, gentle adjustments are used to coax the bones back into position (as opposed to the cracking or popping associated with general chiropractic).
If you have been injured in an accident, you don’t need to wait for days, weeks, or even years to pass before determining the full extent of the damage. Upper cervical chiropractic may help you to get on the road to recovery much sooner.
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