What you need to know about whiplash

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When a person suffers from a neck sprain, they are normally diagnosed as having whiplash. There are many causes of whiplash, with the most common probably being an auto accident. And while a neck sprain most definitely leads to neck pain, there are several other symptoms of whiplash that should be noted. Also, it is very important that a person know the proper way to go about treating whiplash to ensure he or she makes as full of a recovery as possible. As for now, let's take a closer look at whiplash, including what it is, the causes, and various treatment methods.

How does whiplash occur?

When your head gets caught in a forward/backward jerking motion, this can lead to whiplash. When a car is involved in an auto accident, a person's neck is often jerked forward and backward at least one time. Just a single jerking motion can cause whiplash to occur. However, the more severe the jerking, the more likely a person will endure this painful injury.

Whiplash: what are the symptoms?

When a person endures whiplash, there is a good chance that the symptoms won't become present for up to 24 hours after the injury has taken place. In fact, some people take much longer to start noticing the symptoms of whiplash. The most common symptoms include:

  • Low back pain

  • Headaches

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Neck stiffness

  • Neck pain

  • Pain in the shoulder

  • Numbness in the arm/hand

  • Fatigue

  • Difficulty sleeping

What is the best way to treat whiplash?

Unfortunately, there is not a one-size-fits-all treatment method for whiplash. While one treatment method might work well for one person, this does not mean it will work well for the next person; this is why it is so important to receive a formal diagnosis and have a custom treatment plan created for you. An experienced doctor can assess your individual whiplash case and create a treatment plan that is most likely to work. Almost all forms of whiplash will benefit from chiropractic care. In fact, you should speak with a Charleston and Summerville chiropractor today to learn more about the advantages of chiropractic care for your whiplash.

Contact Whiplash Pain Center today to learn more about coming in to receive chiropractic care for your whiplash.

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