Whiplash is a neck injury commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents, but it can occur from other forms of trauma, too, such as a sports injury. It is the result of any trauma that forces your neck to move rapidly forward and backward, like the motion of a whip being cracked. When this happens, the muscles and tendons in your neck can stretch or tear, which causes pain and stiffness and increases pressure on your spine.

Some people notice pain from whiplash immediately, but others may not feel any pain or stiffness until the next day. This is a common occurrence in those who have whiplash in an automobile accident because of adrenaline.

Accidents are extreme events that cause your body to pump out a high rate of adrenaline as part of your natural fight-or-flight biological response. This adrenaline can keep you from noticing any pain, which is why you may feel pain later in the day or the next day once your adrenaline has worn off.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Symptoms of whiplash include some or all of the following:

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck
  • Pain and stiffness that spreads into the shoulder and arms
  • Numbness and tingling in the neck, shoulders or arms
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

If you have any of these symptoms following a traumatic event like a car accident, please visit a medical professional for an examination, diagnosis, and treatment.

How is whiplash treated?

Treatments for whiplash vary depending on the severity of the injury. Some people need a little rest and medication to help manage the pain and help the soft tissue healing. Many others need treatment from professionals who can help reduce pain and improve the range of motion in the neck.

Doctors of chiropractic are licensed health care professionals who help in many cases of whiplash. They make use of noninvasive techniques known as adjustments to help reduce tension and pain in the muscles and tendons.  

Visit iRISE Spine & Joint for whiplash treatment

Are you suffering from pain and stiffness in the neck related to whiplash? Our doctors of chiropractic are available to help you. Contact our team today for more information about whiplash or to schedule an initial appointment.