What Structures are Injured in a Whiplash?

What Is Injured During Whiplash Whiplash occurs after a sudden or violent jerk of the head in one direction followed by an immediate jolt in another direction. This whip-like movement is often experienced in motor vehicle accidents or falls, but may occur for a variety of reasons.

Signs and symptoms following whiplash include:

  • Pain and stiffness of the neck.
  • Headaches at the base of the skull.
  • Dizziness or nausea.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Difficulty swallowing.

Whiplash symptoms do not develop until 2 – 48 hours after an injury in most cases. Many people believe they’re leaving an accident scene unscathed only to experience symptoms hours after.

Structures Injured in a Whiplash

Often, whiplash is a sprain or strain of the neck. Several ligaments in the neck aim to support, protect and restrict extreme movement. When these ligaments are torn, this is considered a sprained neck.

The joints in the back of the spine are most susceptible to whiplash.

Muscles and tendons in the neck will be strained at this time. Strain occurs due to the neck stretching beyond its normal limits. Discs in the neck that are present between vertebrae can become stretched or inflamed as a result.

In rare circumstances, a fracture of the vertebrae can occur, or dislocation can occur.

Treating Whiplash

First and foremost, whiplash cannot be avoided. Wearing restraints and a properly adjusted headrest can lessen the risk of whiplash, but it can still occur regardless. When whiplash does occur, it will need to be treated properly.

There are two forms of treatment:

  • Staying Active: Unless a serious injury has occurred, you should stay active following whiplash. Remaining active will ensure that you maintain full range of motion and may include exercise and stretching programs for your neck.
  • Chiropractic Help: A visit to the chiropractor will allow you to ensure your neck stays in proper alignment and is normally a course of treatment following whiplash. Physical therapy may be needed and will offer short-term relief while also ensuring neck muscles are strengthened and stretched properly.

In severe cases, the neck may need to be examined by a doctor until healing has occurred.

Whiplash Treatment Longview WA

If you are looking for safe & effective whiplash treatment, contact Family Chiropractic Care today, and start feeling better again.