What Is Whiplash and How Is Treated?

Posted By Gwinnett Medical Back & Neck Pain || 15-Apr-2017

What Is Whiplash and How Is Treated?

Whiplash is a form of neck strain. Although it's usually associated with car accidents, as WebMD explains, any impact or blow that causes your head to jerk forward or backward can cause neck strain. The sudden force stretches and tears the muscles and tendons in your neck. In addition to car and truck accidents, contact sports like football can cause neck strain.

Whiplash victims are often told that their soreness and stiffness – along with any other symptoms, such as headaches, back pain or numbness – will go away with time. Unfortunately, accident victims are rarely that fortunate. Whiplash sufferers can experience symptoms they never had before the accident for months, even years.

Soft tissue injuries due to whiplash interfere with the body's ability to straighten the structural damage. As Gwinnett Medical’s chiropractor in Norcross likes to say, the healing of a spinal whiplash injury without proper professional care would be somewhat like healing a broken bone without first setting it. If the whiplash injury does not receive proper physical care such as spinal adjustments, the body might mend the injured spine in a distorted position, which could contribute to chronic and more severe problems in the future. It takes less time to heal and it is much less costly to treat the whiplash immediately following the injury than it is to treat it months or years later.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to receive help for your injuries as soon as possible. At Gwinnett Medical Back & Neck Pain, we specialize in helping victims of car and truck accident injuries. We have chiropractors in Atlanta who can help you.

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