Car accidents can lead to a variety of physical and mental symptoms, and one of the most common here is whiplash. Characterized by forceful whipping motion of the neck back and forth due to the sudden impact of a collision, whiplash can bring current and future symptoms that range from minor pain up to significant discomfort, stiffness, lack of motion and long-term effects.
At Peterson Chiropractic, our auto accident and whiplash recovery treatment services are designed to address the symptoms and root causes of any whiplash pain, stopping complications from developing and allowing you a return to full comfort and range of motion. For those who have not experienced any form of whiplash in the past, you may be unsure whether you’ve suffered it after a vehicle accident – and while the presence of specific symptoms is not necessary for you to seek an evaluation and potential treatment, here are some important things to know about the warning signs of whiplash and how to respond to them.
Not Just the Neck
For starters, it’s important to realize that while whiplash is generally caused by movements of the neck, the neck area isn’t the only one that can experience pain or discomfort symptoms. Whiplash can also lead to back stiffness, head issues and even a limited range of motion for the entire upper body in some cases. Just because your neck itself is not hurting does not mean you’ve avoided whiplash in a given vehicle accident.
Common Warning Signs
If you feel any kind of pain after a vehicle accident, even mild pain, you should seek medical attention and future treatment as soon as possible to prevent issues from worsening. Here are some of the most common warning signs that indicate whiplash might have taken place:
- Stiff or immobile neck
- Pain or discomfort in the neck, back, shoulders or other upper body locations
- Headaches beginning at the base of the skull
- Limited range of motion for several upper body appendages, namely the neck or spine
- Muscle spasms in the upper body
- Tingling sensation in the arms
- Dizziness or fatigue, whether in the hours or days following the accident
Less Frequent Signs
There are also a few slightly less common whiplash signs that might appear, though in some cases these are actually signs of more severe issues that require immediate attention. If you notice yourself having trouble sleeping after the accident, dealing with blurred vision, or perhaps struggling with impaired memory that wasn’t present before, these can all be signs of particularly damaging whiplash and should be addressed right away.
If you notice any of the symptoms we’ve listed here, speak to our team about an examination and treatment for whiplash. To learn more about this or any of our chiropractic care services, speak to the staff at Peterson Chiropractic today.