Nearly 3 million people suffer a whiplash injury every year, and roughly half are left with some chronic pain. Whiplash is a relatively common condition that occurs to a person’s neck following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force, most commonly from motor vehicle collisions, sports activities and accidental falls.
Symptoms of Whiplash
The most common symptoms of whiplash are:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Shoulder pain and stiffness
- Temporomandibular joint symptoms (TMJ, jaw pain)
- Arm pain and weakness
- Visual disturbances
- Ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
- Back pain.
Sometimes whiplash symptoms are latent and do not appear immediately following the incident. However, whenever signs of whiplash are present, you should immediately contact a healthcare provider for effective treatment. If whiplash injuries are left untreated, they could lead to long-term disabling neck injuries such as chronic pain, sleep disturbances, fatigue, and much more.
At Comprehensive Medical Care, a thorough examination by our physicians can diagnose whiplash symptoms. In some severe cases, diagnostic image testing may be needed, such as X-rays or MRIs, to rule out any major injuries in the neck.
Treatments for Whiplash
Conservative treatment utilizing chiropractic care or physical therapy is often effective at relieving symptoms of whiplash. Treatments for whiplash include: