Whiplash refers to overstretching, spraining or further overloading of parts of the cervical spine, and therefore it is often the neck and neck that are injured when whiplash occurs. Many people use whiplash as a term for a diagnosis, but this is not correct, as whiplash instead simply describes the way in which an injury has occurred - i.e., the violent physical impact that has taken place and has caused the severe and extremely unpleasant pain that a whiplash gives. The neck and throat are very vulnerable when it comes to sudden jerks and trauma, such as when a car is hit from behind, and therefore whiplash is often seen as a result of car accidents or falls. Injuries after whiplash can sometimes be continuous and last for several years, which is why the chiropractic treatment that can help with the pain is extremely useful.
Symptoms can be felt quickly
After a whiplash, the symptoms are most often felt the same day or the day after, and therefore it is quick to feel when something is wrong. The symptoms can include cover over:
- Neck pain
- Pain in arms and shoulders
- Dizziness and fatigue
- Back pain
- Lower back pain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Numbness or tingling sensation in parts of the body.
How long the symptoms last depend on when treatment is started and also whether chronic injuries and whiplash syndrome develop, which is the case if the symptoms still occur up to six months after the injury has occurred.
Treatment should be started quickly to avoid persistent pain
Although the symptoms are many, and they can often be treated effectively, there are unfortunately several examples of people who have developed chronic and persistent pain as a result of whiplash, and therefore treatment is paramount. This should be started as early as possible after the whiplash has occurred, as the correct treatment must be initiated to have an optimal effect.
Let us help you on your way. It can generally be difficult to treat the symptoms that appear after whiplash, as they often range from one extreme to the other, but pain treatment for e.g., acupuncture, chiropractic treatment of the neck, back and lower back, physiotherapy, massage or osteopathy are often very suitable, and at Kiropraktik i Centrum in the heart of Copenhagen, we offer all these forms of treatment. You can contact us on phone 33123920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to hear more about how we can help after whiplash.