Any substantial blow to your body, whether from a car accident, contact sport, or an accident at work, can cause whiplash and other neck injuries and warrant a chiropractic evaluation.
When one car hits another, each person’s body is thrown toward the impact and then away from it. This is Whiplash. Even at low speeds, the wrenching force puts stress and strain on the spine, especially the neck. The weight of the head stretches and damages muscles and ligaments and they pull spinal bones out of position. This type of injury to the neck and back can be very serious. Symptoms may appear right away or may not show up for weeks or even months. Too often people don’t seek treatment until more serious complications develop. Even after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, 45% report that they still suffer from symptoms two years later. Chiropractic manipulation is one of the only proven remedies for whiplash injuries.
Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Pain, especially in your neck, shoulder, arm or low back
- Arm or leg numbness
- Stiffness, headache, dizziness and/or vision problems
If you experience any of these symptoms, play it safe and get a chiropractic check-up.