Whiplash is an injury to the cervical spine, which is caused by a jerking motion of the head and neck. When the head is thrown backward or forward, whiplash can occur. You can get whiplash in many other ways besides just car accidents. Playing sports, horseplay, awkward falls or even a sudden sneeze can result in whiplash. Whiplash can certainly be painful, and many times people will choose to enlist a chiropractor service for help and pain relief. A chiropractor can put the spine back in alignment so that the rest of the body can heal.
Common Symptoms of Whiplash
If you have had problems after an accident such as headaches, head and neck pain, stiff neck or muscle spasms, you could have whiplash. You will be able to recognize these signs quite easily and you will find in a case of whiplash, you have restricted head motion. You will not be able to turn your head all the way in the directions you want. This is one reason you should seek chiropractic care for whiplash. You can also have equilibrium problems and a loss of hearing and you may experience ringing in the ears which are all signs of whiplash.
If you are feeling lightheaded and excessively tired or even find yourself blacking out, it is a for sure sign you have most likely hurt your neck. If you are experiencing any nerve pain or nerve inflammation in the area of your neck you should get checked as well. Cold hands and feet are often a symptom, so is numbness in the arms, hands, shoulders, feet or legs. Periods of unexplained depression and anxiety could be a factor as well as irritability. You will find it hard to concentrate and may have a poor memory, another sign of whiplash is the pain between the shoulders; there may be low back pain, tremors, and rapid heartbeat.
If you have these problems, you need to contact our office. Dr. Timothy Bortz will work with you in a variety of ways, and they will align the spine to help with the restricted head motion. This can help you to get your balance back and hopefully the hearing will get better with less ringing in the ears. With the alignment, it should cure some of the eyestrain and you will not want to sleep the pain away. The numbness should go away, the pain should ease and nerve inflammation should get better.It would be completely understandable why you can get depressed, as the pain can take its toll.
Dr. Timothy Bortz and the rehabilitation team at Brevard Chiropractic & Injury Center is dedicated to helping you heal and getting you on the path to a pain-free and healthy lifestyle. Our office focuses on Injuries...and we care about you!