Whiplash symptoms include severe headaches and migraines, dizziness, neck pain and stiffness, upper back pain and loss of range of motion in the neck. Symptoms typically occur 24 to 48 hours after the accident, but some individuals do not experience symptoms until months after their accident, which can make the injury harder to diagnose.
Auto accidents are serious business because even slow-moving vehicles can absorb and transfer massive forces to the bodies contained within them. If your car comes to a sudden stop for any reason, your body may keep moving in the direction you were traveling until a rebound action throws it in the opposite direction. This is what happens in whiplash; the head snaps forward and backward, tearing the neck muscles and pushing spinal vertebrae painfully out of alignment. The violent motion can also cause herniated discs, with the gelatinous inner material of the discs pushing outward and compressing cervical nerve roots. All this damage may produce neck pain and immobility, headaches, dizziness, cognitive problems, odd sensation in the hands or arms, vision or hearing disturbances and more.
Even below the neck, a body restrained by a seat belt can receive painful injuries. If your torso is twisted sharply behind your three-point harness, you may experience damaged spinal joints, muscles and connective tissues. Twisting or jolting near the waist can upset lumbar alignment and allow lumbar discs to herniate; this in turn can pinch the sciatic nerve and leave you with sciatica.
Whiplash can also be caused by sports injury. Whether your symptoms come from an auto accident or from playing on the field, your chiropractors at Omni Wellness Center provide a variety of non-invasive treatment options.
Please schedule a spinal evaluation whether you feel injured or not. Many auto accident injury symptoms can be delayed due to shock — and some do not realize the changes that occur in their bodies from the impact that will cause problems in the future. Our detailed examination methods can find those problems so we can fix them as quickly as possible. Your chiropractor can then provide personalized auto accident treatment that addresses every aspect of your injury.