If you have been in a car accident, you most likely understand what whiplash feels like. It is a neck injury that occurs when your head moves forward and backwards, or side to side after being hit from the rear, side or head on. The name comes from the motion of cracking a whip—and when this happens in an accident in Charlotte NC, it can push and pull neck muscles and ligaments beyond their typical range of motion.
Whiplash injuries can be mild or severe
Many people will experience mild whiplash after being in a minor accident. However, if the accident is severe or high-impact, the whiplash can be severe. Many people will recover in a short amount of time—usually 6-12 weeks. But, sometimes, the pain can last longer and turn into a chronic condition.
Whether the case is mild, or severe, it is best to consult a chiropractor at ChiroCarolina® right away for your car accident injury. He can help diagnosis the problem, and begin treatment immediately to alleviate the pain and prevent chronic neck pain in Charlotte NC.
Symptoms of whiplash
Symptoms of whiplash typically show up within 72 hours and include neck pain and stiffness and general feeling of sore muscles. Your head may feel heavy, and there may be pain in your mid to upper back that radiates into your shoulders. Sometimes after a whiplash injury your arms will feel numb or tingly. Addition symptoms of whiplash include: dizziness, headaches (usually at the base of the skull), blurred vision, and fatigue. Sometimes people will even experience memory loss, ringing in the ears, and irritability. Because of the wide range of symptoms, it is best to contact a doctor immediately after an accident. If you have symptoms that can be treated by chiropractic care, contact the professionals at ChiroCarolina® and ask about an appointment.
Unfortunately, many people who experience whiplash will continue to have pain even months after the injury. Sometimes the pain is due to other injuries, but often it is just because of the whiplash. By visiting a chiropractor early, you can reduce the risk of the pain becoming chronic.
Treatment for whiplash
In addition to painkillers, doctors may prescribe muscle relaxants to help reduce muscle spasms. Additionally, they may recommend chiropractic care. A chiropractor can perform chiropractic spinal manipulation, gently realigning the neck. Additionally, a doctor may recommend ice, heat, and stretching and therapeutic exercises.
Home remedies for whiplash
Over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol or Ibuprofen can help with mild and moderate whiplash pain after a car accident. However, this is not a cure. Chiropractic care at ChiroCarolina® can actually reduce the symptoms, rather than covering them up. Additionally, your chiropractor may suggest using ice or heat on the neck and upper back. A medical doctor or chiropractor can recommend exercises that will strengthen the muscles—this can not only reduce symptoms, but also help to protect you from future injuries. These exercises often include things like rotating your head from side to side, bending your neck forward, backwards and to the side.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Charlotte NC, it is best to contact a chiropractor at ChiroCarolina® immediately to discuss how they can help with your car accident injuries, and get you back on your feet!