What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury that occurs when the head suddenly moves backwards and then moves forward. The head makes a “whip” like motion. Whiplash puts a strain on the ligaments and muscles inside of the neck because they are pushed beyond their normal limits.

Causes Of Whiplash

Whiplash often occurs after a rear-end collision. However, it can also occur as the result of physical abuse. For example, being shaken or punched can cause a person to suffer from whiplash. Many babies suffer whiplash after being shaken. Additionally, whiplash while a person is playing a contact sport, such as football.

Symptoms Of Whiplash

Most people who suffer from whiplash will start developing symptoms within 24 hours of their injury. Pain, blurred vision, fatigue and dizziness are some of the symptoms of whiplash. People may also experience headaches. These headaches typically occur at the base of the skull. Concentration problems, memory problems, ringing in the ears and sleep problems.

Whiplash Complications

Most people who have whiplash recover within a few weeks. However, many people have lasting complications as the result of whiplash. Chronic pain is one of the most common complications of whiplash. This pain occurs because discs, joints and ligaments inside of the neck are damaged. The pain can last for several years.

It is estimated that one million people suffer a whiplash injury each year. Approximately 10 percent of these people will suffer from chronic pain.

Who Is At Risk For Whiplash?

Women are more likely to develop whiplash than men. This is due to the fact that women typically have weaker necks than men. People who are over the age of 65 are also more likely to suffer from whiplash. Additionally, people who are intoxicated and get into a car accident are more likely to suffer whiplash.

Why See A Whiplash Injury Chiropractor in Los Angeles?

If you have suffered a whiplash injury, then you may want to consider seeing a chiropractor. Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who have been trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the neck and spine. Therefore, they can also treat whiplash.

A whiplash injury chiropractor in Los Angeles will first perform a physical examination. The chiropractor will be able to tell how severe the injury is by performing the physical examination. X-rays and other imaging tests may also be used in order to allow the chiropractor to get a more accurate diagnosis.

Your chiropractor will perform an adjustment, which involves gently manipulating the joints and muscles in the spine and neck. In addition to adjustments, your chiropractor may also use other treatments, such as exercises and muscle stimulation or relaxation. Furthermore, your chiropractor may recommend some things that you can do at home in order to improve your condition. Lifestyle changes are very effective for treating whiplash.

Keep in mind that you may have to see your chiropractor for several weeks. However, if you see your chiropractor shortly after the pain begins, then you will be able to reduce your chances of suffering from chronic pain.

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