It’s true: Just about anyone can suffer from symptoms of whiplash – not only those involved in a vehicular accident.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is the non-medical term used to describe the trauma of the joints and soft tissues of the neck as a result of the head moving suddenly backwards, then forwards.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries as a result of vehicular accidents – particularly rear-end collisions. While whiplash is common in car accidents, this injury can occur as a result of any significant and abrupt impact, such as:
- During contact sports, such as hockey, football or soccer when a player is hit from behind
- A fall as a result of a cycling or skiing accident
- Incidences of child abuse
- A heavy object falling on the head
- A fall of any kind which results in the head moving forcefully back and forward
- Any fall which causes the head to move backwards suddenly
- Boxing, karate or a fist fight
Whiplash symptoms may range in severity, often relating to the force of the impact and may be felt immediately or within hours/days of the traumatic event.
Symptoms may include:
- Neck pain
- Swelling, bruising and tenderness in the neck
- Shoulder pain and stiffness
- Loss of range of motion and stiffness
- Cognitive issues such as dizziness, ringing in the ears, numbness and blurred vision
To be diagnosed with whiplash, a doctor will perform a physical exam. X-rays are sometimes required to out any any fractures or more serious injury. Even if the x-rays aren’t conclusive of whiplash; there still may be significant damage to the soft tissues in the neck (ligaments, tendons and muscles) which may cause painful and lasting symptoms.
Treatments may last for a period of a few weeks to a few months. Treatment options may include:
- Chiropractic spinal adjustments
- Massage therapy
- Cold LASER therapy
- Trigger point therapy
- Physiotherapy exercises
- Ice and heat packs
- Postural improvement techniques
- Foam neck supports
Chiropractors are trained to treat injuries common to whiplash and at Huron Church Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre, we offer many natural treatment options to help those suffering. It’s essential that if you or a loved one has experienced an injury where the head moves suddenly back then forward, that immediate medical help is sought to avoid long term pain and damage.
If we can help you, please reach out to us right away: 519-258-8544