Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a sudden back-and-forth movement of the head, such as in an automobile accident. It can occur even in minor accidents if the head is jerked suddenly or if it snaps forward and then back again. The force of the impact may damage the muscles, ligaments, or vertebrae in the neck. Whiplash can also cause a concussion or other brain injury. Treatment typically includes rest, ice packs, and over-the-counter pain medications. In some cases, surgery or physical therapy may be needed.
There are a few different symptoms that are commonly associated with whiplash, and they can vary in intensity depending on the individual. These symptoms may include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating or remembering things. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of whiplash, it is important to see a chiropractor right away. Chiropractors are trained to identify and treat problems with the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, muscles, and joints. They use a variety of techniques to relieve pain and improve function. In the case of whiplash, chiropractic treatment may involve gentle manipulation of the neck to help align the spine and relieve pressure on nerves. Other therapies such as massage or heat/cold therapy may also be used to reduce inflammation and pain.