non car accident whiplash

Non-Car Accident Whiplash: Horse Riding, Shaking, Height Falls

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the ways it’s possible to suffer from whiplash other than being in a car accident. While it’s true that vehicle accidents are some of the most common and well-known sources of whiplash, there are also several other ways this condition can be initiated.

At Peterson Chiropractic, our whiplash treatment services extend to any form of whiplash — and while most of our patients for this need do indeed come to us via car accidents, this is not the only potential cause of whiplash. Here are a few others that are worth knowing about, especially if you’re feeling pain or other whiplash symptoms after one of these activities or incidents takes place.

Horse or Other Animal-Riding Accidents

Horse riding is a common enough activity, whether for sport or for work-related transportation, and you might not think that it could lead to whiplash. Unfortunately, if a horse bucks suddenly or makes some other quick movement while you’re on its back, the jolt can cause your neck to whip around rapidly — just like in a car accident.

The same is true for any activity that involves riding an animal, such as camel or elephant riding. If you’re involved in an accident while participating in one of these activities, it’s important to seek treatment right away to ensure that you don’t suffer from long-term effects.

Being Shaken Forcefully

In other cases, whiplash can be caused by being shaken forcefully — and this is more common than you might think. For example, if someone tries to rob you and shakes you violently in an attempt to get you to comply, this can cause your neck to jerk around quickly, leading to whiplash symptoms.

The same is true of any situation where you might be shaken forcefully, whether by another person or by some other type of force. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible so that you can get the treatment you need.

Falling From a Height

Finally, another potential cause of whiplash is falling from a height. This could be falling off of a ladder or scaffolding at work, slipping and falling down some stairs, or any number of other potential scenarios.

In many cases, the fall itself might not cause serious injury — but the sudden stop at the end can cause your neck to whip around violently, leading to whiplash. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to seek medical attention right away.

These are just a few of the potential causes of whiplash — in addition to car accidents, of course. If you find yourself suffering from neck pain or other whiplash symptoms, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible so that you can get the relief you need. At Peterson Chiropractic, we can provide the whiplash treatment services you need to get back on your feet. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Peterson Chiropractic is led by Doctor Bradley Peterson, who grew up in Davis County and attended the University of Utah.