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Posted on 09-12-2017
Whiplash is a term given to an injury of the neck and upper spine that occurs when the body is thrown forward and then comes to a sudden stop. This action is much like the cracking of a whip, which is why the name was given. The injury involves the cervical vertebrae of the upper spine, as well as muscle tissue surrounding the spinal column.
Whiplash injuries often occur in auto accidents, when people are thrown forward and stop suddenly during impact. A whiplash injury can also occur during athletic activities or during acts of violence.
Evidence indicates that some factors increase your risk for a whiplash injury. If you experience severe pain at the time of the incident, your risk increases. Age is another factor that increases the risk for this injury. Women are more likely than men to experience a whiplash injury. Individuals who have posttraumatic stress disorder may also be more likely to experience whiplash symptoms.
Individuals may feel tightness or loss of range of motion in the neck. A pain when turning the head to look over the shoulder, pain when rocking the head from side to side, or general tenderness in the neck is also likely. Pain may radiate into the arms and individuals with whiplash injuries sometimes experience headaches, dizziness or fatigue. Some people have sleep problems, ringing in the ears, memory problems or depression.
Applying ice or heat can help to reduce minor symptoms of whiplash. Over the counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen can help to reduce discomfort while tissues are healing. Individuals who prefer avoiding strong drugs or injections can receive chiropractic care to relieve pressure on the nerves in the upper spine. Corrective exercises can help to improve function and aid healing.
Contact TriCounty Chiropractic and Rehabilitation today at 610-327-8090 for an appointment to discuss how chiropractic care can reduce discomfort from whiplash injuries.
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