Overview of Whiplash

Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues of the neck that occurs from a sudden jerking or “whipping” of the head.  This type of motion strains the muscles and the ligaments of the neck beyond their normal range of motion.  Whiplash often occurs when a vehicle stops suddenly in a car crash or is struck from behind.  Either of these two actions causes things in the vehicle to be thrown forward – including passengers.  A seat belt will keep a person’s body from being thrown forward, but the head may snap forward, then backward, causing a whiplash injury in the neck.  In addition to car accidents, whiplash can be caused by roller coasters and other amusement park rides, sports injuries, or being punched or shaken.  (Whiplash is one of the hallmarks of shaken baby syndrome).

Symptoms of Whiplash

  • Often, You Feel Pain and Stiffness in Your Neck  for the First Few Days Following a Whiplash Injury. Then, You Feel Better, But the Pain and Stiffness May Come Back Several Days Later. The Discomfort You Feel May Involve Surrounding Muscle Groups in Your Head, Chest, Shoulders, and Arms.
  • Neck Pain and/or Stiffness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Irritability & Fatigue
  • Dizziness/Pain Between the Shoulder Blades
  • Pain in the Arms or Legs, Feet and Hands
  • Nausea, Ringing in the Ears
  • Vertigo

Treatment of Whiplash

Here at Discover Chiropractic we utilize chiropractic care, traction therapy, manual soft tissue treatments, massage therapy, exercises and stretches to work on correcting whiplash by reducing pain and improving flexibility and function. To see if we may be able to help you call (616) 956-1112 today for a consultation.