Typically when you hear about someone being involved in a car accident, they often mention how they suffered some form of whiplash. However, whiplash is not limited to just car accidents.
It is important to be aware of the symptoms of whiplash since it can occur outside of a moving vehicle. Although the situation may be strange, it is possible for symptoms to appear long after a motor vehicle accident. If left untreated, whiplash can create serious health problems down the road so it is important to address the symptoms right away.
How is Whiplash Classified?
The best way to describe whiplash is hyperextension of the neck. This occurs when the body is thrown forward and then backward in a jolting motion causing the muscles to to pushed or pulled out of their usual direction.
When your body is thrown forward, sometimes your head does not travel at the same speed resulting in a snapback, or whiplash.
What happens after everything comes back together again? After the body has been tossed around and the body remains still, a headache may occur or even stiffness in the neck back due to strains in the ligaments and muscles. Mobility may also be affected based on the severity of the injury.
Who To Call
Some may think whiplash is not a big deal as it doesn’t always leave physical markers behind like that of a laceration or a broken bone. However, this condition can be excruciating and leave a person with widespread pain and headaches.
If you have been injured in an accident and think you have suffered whiplash, contact our Atlanta chiropractors today at (404) 889-8828 for a consultation! Whiplash is something to be taken seriously and we will work with you to help relieve your symptoms and get you on the road to recovery!