whiplash chiropractic

5 Facts About Whiplash

  1. While car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash, you don’t have to be in a car to get whiplash-You can get whiplash from a fall, or from high-impact sports, such as snowboarding, skiing, boxing, football, or gymnastics.
  2. Most whiplash injuries are not serious and heal fully with care
  3. Signs of serious neck injury, such as fracture, are usually evident in early assessments. Health care professionals trained to treat whiplash are alert for these signs.
  4. Pain, stiffness and other symptoms of Grades I or II whiplash typically start within the first two days of the accidents
  5. Pain from a whiplash injury can linger for days or weeks. While some patients get better quickly, symptoms can persist over a long period of time, but generally decrease with a return to activity.



Symptoms of Whiplash Injury

Symptoms can vary widely among individuals. Some may only suffer minor discomfort while others experience one or more of the following:

  • Tightness or spasms of the muscles in the neck or upper back
  • Pain with movement of the neck, headache, and dizziness
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Difficulty swallowing and chewing and hoarseness
  • Abnormal sensations such as burning, tingling. or numbness
  • Shoulder. arms, and/or upper back pain

Severe whiplash can also include injury to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerves of the neck or upper back.