Whiplash is the term for the movement of your head quickly backwards and forwards, causing the ligaments and muscles in the neck to extend abnormally. Whiplash is commonly caused by car accidents, but it may also be caused by sports, physical abuse, or other types of accidents.
Many people who experience whiplash later experience severe stiffness and pain in the neck. While many patients who suffer from whiplash do recover within a month of the accident, that’s not always the case.
Some individuals continue to experience these effects for years. A study conducted by a team from Aarhus University concluded that three-fourths of patients who suffered from reduced neck movement often still experience some stiffness and pain a year after their accident.
What Happens if You Do Not Receive Whiplash Treatment?
Whiplash can be the cause of a number of chronic conditions that can affect you for years. If you have suffered from whiplash, here are some of the issues that could develop over time:
1. Chronic Pain
Many whiplash victims who do not seek out treatment later find that their neck hurts and feels stiff. This condition may occur off and on, often with little or no reason. Chronic pain has even been linked with anxiety and depression.
2. Limited Range of Motion
You may also find that you can no longer turn your head as easily or as far to the side after suffering from whiplash.
Tinnitus is a ringing in your ears that isn’t caused by any sound. This ringing can change in volume and pitch and can be heard in one ear or in both. At times, tinnitus can be so distracting it’s very difficult to work, sleep, or hold a conversation.
4. Chronic Headaches
Whiplash may lead to chronic headaches due to the trauma to the neck. These headaches may last for hours or days.
5. Neurological Problems
Finally, whiplash can also result in a number of different neurological problems such as vertigo and dizziness in addition to the issues listed above.
Chiropractic Treatment Can Prevent These Conditions
If you’ve experienced whiplash, it’s important you see a chiropractor as soon as you can for whiplash treatment. These professionals will examine your neck and perform the needed adjustments to alleviate pain and restore your range of motion.
Dr. Payne, a leading professional in the field of Chiropractics has been serving the Fort Worth community for nearly a decade. Dr. Payne has gone through extensive training to quickly and accurately diagnose, and successfully treat abnormalities and soft tissue injuries or damage. This makes Dr. Payne an ideal choice to help you overcome the symptoms of whiplash.