Whiplash is a type of neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like cracking a whip. Whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end auto accident, but the injury can also result from other similar types of forces. A whiplash injury can result in neck pain, headaches, neck stiffness, numbness and tingling through the arms and hands, shoulder pain, and upper back pain. It is very common to feel little to no pain immediately following the whiplash injury, only to have the symptoms worsen over the following days and weeks.
If you have been involved an auto accident, whiplash injury is very likely. Many people with a whiplash injury don’t realize that a slight headache or neck pain is a sign of a much more serious injury to your neck curve and the underlying tissues. It is also important to note that spinal misalignments and injuries to the curvature of the neck, as a result of the sudden jolt of the auto accident, may not become evident at all for a long period of time. This is why, regardless of the presence of immediate pain or discomfort, it’s important to have your spine evaluated by a CBP certified corrective care doctor immediately following any kind of accident, especially a auto accident, to avoid long-term injury.
Injury to the proper curve of the neck as a result of an auto accident is a serious health condition. If this damage is not treated properly the whiplash injury can manifest into pain and discomfort, fatigue, sleep disorders, organ dysfunction, depression, and eventually disease. A small misalignment can only get worse with time, so addressing this injury properly can mean a faster recovery time and less health problems in the future. Uncorrected whiplash injuries causing reversed neck curves have been found to predispose people to the following conditions:
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