Every year, more than 3 million Americans sustain serious musculoskeletal injuries as the result of a car accident. While some injuries, like a broken bone, may be immediately obvious, whiplash injuries are not nearly as noticeable. Consequently, it may be weeks before accident victims realize that they have suffered a whiplash injury.
If you have recently been in a car accident, don’t let an untreated whiplash injury lead to major health problems. Learn the early warning signs of whiplash injury so you can get the treatment you need to be healthy and pain-free.
Whiplash Injury Common After a “Fender Bender”
A whiplash injury occurs when the force of a rear-impact car accident abruptly “whips” the neck backwards and forwards. This abrupt whipping action can knock the cervical spine out of alignment, resulting in a serious musculoskeletal injury. Keep in mind that you do not need to be in a serious auto accident to sustain a whiplash injury; they can occur at speeds as slow as 5mph. Just because you walk away from a car accident with no obvious external injuries does not mean that your body is healthy!
5 Warning Signs of Whiplash Injury
Could you have sustained a whiplash injury that could benefit from chiropractic care? Watch out for these warning signs:
Neck pain: In the days following the accident, you may experience stiffness and soreness in your neck as muscles tighten. Stiffness in the shoulders and upper back is also common.
Headaches: Watch out for a persistent headache at the base of the skull accompanied by ringing in the ears.
Dizziness or blurred vision: A sensation that the room is spinning or feelings of vertigo are common.
Difficulty sleeping: Pain and stiffness in your neck can make it nearly impossible to fall asleep and sleep soundly through the night.
Extreme fatigue: While this fatigue is partially due to a lack of restful sleep, it is also due to the fact that our bodies need to harness whatever energy remains to begin the healing process.
Are you experiencing these symptoms? Contact our chiropractor today!