Whiplash: Frequently Asked Questions
You can injure yourself without actually breaking any bones or tearing any muscles. Often the most common forms of injury are not a physical break or tear, but instead a shift of your bones. Your neck and spine are more susceptible to this, and while injuries can occur over longer periods (such as from sitting in front of a computer all day), a sudden impact resulting in whiplash can cause both pain and long term problems if not corrected. If you believe you are suffering from whiplash, or you simply have more questions regarding the condition, here are some frequently asked questions from Amazing Spine Care.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when your head and neck is whipped forward or in another direction at a high rate of speed. If the body remains stationary while the head rocks forward, the weight of the head will cause the neck to, essentially, whip. This sudden movement can cause the bones in your neck to twist, compress, or push out of position.
What Causes the Pain From Whiplash?
There are several reasons why you might suffer pain following whiplash. For starters, it may simply be sore muscles that are attached to the bones that were whipped in your neck. If the pain lingers for more than a day or two, it is likely more than just sore muscles. The spine within your neck may have been compressed, which can also pinch down on a nerve. If the bones have shifted out of the correct alignment, it will pull the muscles in your neck, which can result in additional muscles being pulled out of your back and down to your legs. To correct this issue it is highly recommended to see a chiropractor and address the condition.
What Are Some Causes of Whiplash?
There are a handful of ways you may experience whiplash. The two most common instances involve a car accident or a contact sport. In either situation, the body will be restricted while the head whips forward. However the injury occurs, it needs to be treated as soon as possible. This will help prevent the condition from spreading and affecting other areas of the body.
Treat Your Whiplash Injury
If you have been in a car accident or have suffered any other kind of whiplash related injury it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with Amazing Spine Care. A single visit will allow us to pinpoint the source of your neck pain and, from there, treat the condition so that you can live your life pain-free. Call us today at (904) 701-3916 to make an appointment.