Whiplash injuries occur when a person’s spine, or neck, is injured by being unexpectedly or suddenly thrown very quickly in one direction, and then in the opposite direction. You might say the head is “whipped around” on the neck. Whiplash is one of the most common consequences of auto accidents; it is estimated that 15%-30% of car occupants will suffer neck pain. Whiplash can be mild to severe and can range anywhere from rapid healing to slow healing to long-term chronic pain and impairment. It can cause serious problems because it can cause long-term damage. When left untreated, the eventual result is serious degeneration, of the neck and spine. Whiplash symptoms may start as neck soreness or stiffness, perhaps accompanied by a headache, immediately or even 24 hours after the accident. Along with these symptoms, there may be pain and/or numbness, tingling or a pins-and-needles feeling between the shoulder blades, arm and hand.
Some people may experience ear ringing, dizziness, or even hearing loss. Sometimes the eyes can be affected and there may be pain behind the eyeballs, blurred vision, sensitivity to light or other visual symptoms. Occasionally, there may be tearing or running of the nose. Anyone who has ever had a whiplash injury, no matter how long ago, should see a chiropractor. The emergency room may have sent the patient home after x-rays and MRI or CT scans and found nothing broken or ruptured. However, the spine may still be structurally unsound. Without structural integrity, the spine will not heal properly, and problems may develop years later.
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