Also known as a “soft tissue injury,” whiplash is a common occurrence in the aftermath of a serious auto accident. This type of neck strain can also occur any time the head is abruptly jolted forward and backward, or vice versa. While there are varying degrees of whiplash, the condition can be extremely painful and limiting. The following are five signs you may be suffering from whiplash:
1. Chronic Pain caused by whiplash
Perhaps the most obvious symptom is ongoing pain that does not subside. This pain occurs in the neck, shoulders or upper back. The pain can be dull and achy or sharp and acute. Many whiplash treatment patients also report these pain sites as tender to the touch.
2. Decreased Range of MotionWhiplash can reduce the ability to move the head side to side or front to back. If this symptom is occurring, it is important to never force these movements and to allow a chiropractic professional the opportunity to gently reduce the tightness and stiffness.
Whiplash often causes headaches that begin at the base of the skull and expand upwards toward the forehead. These headaches can be daily or sporadic, but with proper treatment should begin to subside quickly.
Another common sign is a tingling feeling in the arms and shoulders. When a traumatic event like an auto accident occurs, the jolt can cause damage to the sensitive bones, ligaments, tendons, and nerves in the neck and upper back. Tingling is a symptom that should never be ignored and may require additional imaging to determine the extent of the injury.
5. Dizziness and fatigue
Fatigue is not uncommon following a serious accident. However, feelings of ongoing fatigue, dizziness and imbalance are also common in whiplash treatment patients and can be addressed in a comprehensive treatment plan.
If you were recently injured in an auto accident and believe you may have symptoms of whiplash, please contact Optilux Wellness in New Kensington today!