How Whiplash Injuries Occur in Santa Clara
Whiplash injuries are most commonly associated with car accidents, specifically an auto accident where the individual with whiplash was rear-ended. Once the car crash occurs, the individual is forcefully bounced back and forth between the seatback and headrest and seatbelt. While the body is held in place by the seatbelt, the head is not as well restrained.
Instead, the head hits the headrest and whips forward as far as the cervical neck vertebrae, ligaments and muscles allow. This results in a severe sprain and strain of the neck. In severe instances, the cervical vertebrae may become misaligned. While an auto accident is the most common cause of a whiplash injury, it’s not the only way an individual can develop whiplash. Other common causes that our chiropractor at Hoewisch Family Chiropractic in Santa Clara treats include:
● A Sports Injury – Specifically during sports that involve body contact or contact with sports
equipment such as football, basketball, rugby. etc.
● A Hard Fall – Falls from horses and bikes as well as hard slip and fall accidents where the head
is jerked backwards can lead to a whiplash injury.
● A Physical Fight – Getting punched in the face or shook during a physical fight or domestic
incident can result in a whiplash injury.
Common Whiplash Symptoms in Santa Clara
Whiplash from a car crash, Sports injury, hard fall or physical fight can cause a variety of mild and severe symptoms, including neck pain, back pain, arm pain, numbness and tingles and severe headaches and migraines.
Neck pain and stiffness are the primary symptoms of whiplash due to the numerous soft tissue injuries. It usually starts off as a dull ache 24 to 72 hours after your accident and progresses in severity. During that time, you may notice that you have difficulty turning your head and looking up and down without pain.
Upper back pain is also a common symptom of a whiplash injury. This is because all the muscles in the base of the neck are injured and develop inflammation and potential bruising and swelling. In severe instances, the pain in the neck and upper back can travel into one or both shoulders and down one or both arms, especially if the misaligned vertebrae or inflamed soft tissues are pressing on a nerve in the neck. You may also notice difficulty raising one or both of your arms.
Headaches and Migraines
Along with your neck and back pain, you may notice an increase in your headache frequency, severity and duration. This is because the soft tissues in the neck become inflamed and swollen, pressing on the nerve roots. These whiplash induced headaches often mirror migraines and can become as severe as a migraine, with throbbing or pounding pain in the head, sensitivity to light and sound and dizziness. You may also experience mood swings, fatigue, ear ringing, irritability, trouble concentrating and difficulty sleeping.
Get Whiplash Treated Right Away
Because it is so common and well-known, sometimes whiplash victims mistakenly think that their injuries are not serious enough to seek chiropractic care. In reality, it is extremely important to make a visit to your chiropractor following any car accident – especially if you are experiencing symptoms of whiplash. The force of the impact could have done significant damage to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in your neck, which can lead to ongoing pain and discomfort if left untreated, not only in your neck, but also down your shoulders and arms.
The only way to know if your injury is minor, or more severe, is to get x-rays and a physical examination from a qualified Santa Clara chiropractor.
How We Can Help With Your Whiplash
Chiropractic care has been shown to be very beneficial for all types of neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain – including whiplash. The accident probably led to a malfunction of your cervical spine (neck area). We can help to heal your injury through gentle, conservative chiropractic care, without prescription painkillers.
As an auto accident chiropractor, we provide auto injury rehab in Santa Clara for many patients suffering from whiplash. We have a number of approaches, and we will map out a strategy for you that will fit your needs, heal your injuries, and get you back to enjoying life as soon as possible.
Contact Your Santa Clara Whiplash Doctor to Schedule an Appointment
Your Santa Clara Whiplash Doctor is here to give you a thorough examination to determine the source of your neck pain, shoulder pain and any other pain, and to deliver the treatments necessary to get you out of pain. We have treated hundreds of car crash victims who suffer from Whiplash.