Whiplash is a fairly common neck injury that typically results from a forceful jerking or back and forth motion of the neck, such as when a driver or passenger in a car is rear-ended in an accident, or from forceful shaking. Like any strain in the neck, back, or elsewhere in the body, the degree of pain, and severity of the symptoms will vary from person to person, depending on several factors.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Depending on the extent of the injury, the most common symptom of whiplash is a pain in the neck and shoulders. However, some people may also experience pain in the arms and back. Other common symptoms include:
- Muscle spasms
- Trouble focusing
- Stiff neck
- Sensation of pins and needles
- Nerve problems
- Blurry vision
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Trouble sleeping
- Limited range of motion in neck
People suffering from whiplash generally begin to experience symptoms within 24 hours of the injury. While mild cases often resolve on their own and may not require medical attention, it is important to see a specialist if neck or back pain occurs after a car, workplace, or sports-related accident, in order to rule out potentially serious problems like fractures, tears, or tissue damage.
Recovering from Whiplash
The recovery period will vary from person to person. In many cases, symptoms generally tend to resolve within a few months, while other people can develop chronic pain that lasts several years. Cases with more intense and rapid onset of symptoms sometimes take longer to heal in certain patients.
How King Chiropractic in Potomac, Urbana, Gaithersburg and Clarksburg, MD can help
Are you experiencing neck or back pain, or suffering from a work or auto accident related injury? Contact King Chiropractic today in Potomac, Urbana, Gaithersburg or Clarksburg, MD to schedule a consultation, and to learn more about how chiropractic services can help to manage pain and discomfort from a broad range of conditions.