Car accidents, sports injuries or even trips and falls can result in a whiplash injury. Whiplash refers to a sudden movement that throws the head and neck back and forth forcefully, which can potentially cause damage to the discs in the vertebrae, soft tissue damage, spinal column misalignment, and, of course, severe pain.
Millions of people experience a whiplash injury every year, and chiropractic care has been shown to be extremely effective in helping to relieve pain from whiplash-related injuries. Whiplash can also be the cause of many painful or debilitating symptoms, such as headache, numbness, and cold or prickling sensations in the head, chest, arms or hands. Whiplash and neck injury sufferers have reported low back pain, neck pain, ringing in the ears, dizziness, hearing loss, blurred vision, light sensitivity, an inability to sleep, as well as other symptoms.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is not uncommon for symptoms to take a few days to set in. Don’t wait until this happens to schedule an appointment, call us today and have a full examination with one of our chiropractors. Call Belltown Spine & Wellness for a free whiplash injury consultation at (206) 441-7984 or SCHEDULE ONLINE today.
Car accidents may not always seem as they initially appear. Sometimes you may not really know the extent of a whiplash injury till days or weeks later. Commonly, the body will go into a protection mode and brace (a form muscle spasm) to stabilize an injured area to prevent further damage. This mechanism of bracing can commonly be confused because at first you may just feel some stiffness and limited movement however once this phase is over the real injury may be revealed.
This phase may show more pain, weakness, headache, jaw pain, sharp pain and numbness and overall intensity of symptoms. Don’t let your symptoms fool you. Have your spine evaluated immediately by a Seattle chiropractor that specializes on whiplash injuries.
10 Most Common Symptoms from Whiplash Injuries from Car Accidents in Seattle
- Muscle spam
- Pinched Nerves
- Disk damage
- Ligament Instability
- Jaw pain
- Neck and back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Limited movement
- Find the right doctor
Doctors will look at the underlying problems not just the symptoms you may feeling at the moment. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate these types of spinal injuries. Taking ibuprofen and over the counter anti-inflammatory medication may help initially with pain and inflammation, however this does not substitute a proper evaluation by a spine specialist such as a properly trained chiropractor.