Whiplash injuries account for over 2 million insurance claims per year. Most commonly, whiplash injuries occur in rear end accidents. However, there are many other ways a whiplash injury may occur such as being hit from the side, an abrupt fall, or a contact sports injury.
Regardless of the mechanism of injury, a whiplash injury occurs when the head and neck are forcefully whipped from back to front or side to side. Rapid acceleration and deceleration of the head and neck causes joints, muscles and ligaments to be stressed to the point of injury. Common symptoms include neck and shoulder pain and stiffness, decreased neck movement, headaches, numbness/tingling in the arms or hands, irritability and sleep disturbances. Although symptoms may occur immediately following the injury, whiplash injuries are unique in that symptoms may not appear for weeks or months after the injury.
Current treatment of whiplash injuries involves pain medication. Medication may decrease pain in the short term, but further analysis is required to determine the source of your pain. At West End Chiropractic, we investigate where your pain is coming from so that we can develop a treatment plan designed to work for you and get you back to the things you love doing most. If you have questions about whether chiropractic care can benefit you call us today.