Get to the Doctor Soon After an Accident: Whiplash Symptoms Can Be Delayed

If you’re in a car accident or suffer a fall that causes your head to quickly move back and forth, it’s possible that you’ll develop some discomfort or pain right away - but that isn’t always the case.

As an experienced chiropractor, Bryan Weddle, DC, is highly experienced in diagnosing and treating the after-effects of auto accidents, falls, and other events that can cause whiplash, a common neck injury that develops because of forceful movement of your neck.

Even if you come out of the accident seemingly without injury, it’s important to your overall health that you schedule a whiplash assessment at DMC Healthcare as soon as possible. Symptoms of whiplash aren’t always apparent in the initial hours after your accident, and not getting a proper diagnosis can lead to long-term issue with your neck.

The basics of whiplash

The term whiplash evolves from the similarities of the forceful back and forth movement of your neck and the motion of cracking a whip. Especially common during an auto accident, whiplash can also occur from falls and sports participation.

Symptoms of whiplash may start with stiffness or discomfort in your neck and a loss of your usual range of motion. However, although your discomfort may be mild initially after your accident, it can take as long as 24 hours to truly experience the effects of a whiplash injury.

Other common symptoms of whiplash include:

You may also notice that your vision becomes blurry, or you might experience difficulties concentrating or remembering things.

If not treated promptly and properly, whiplash can lead to more serious health complications, including chronic neck pain and the loss of your neck’s flexibility and range of motion.

Why chiropractic care is important for whiplash

To prevent chronic neck pain and other complications of whiplash, Dr. Weddle uses specialized chiropractic techniques to ensure your cervical spine is properly aligned. This helps prevent compression on your nerves and soft tissues that can lead to long-term neck issues.

Dr. Weddle customizes treatment based on your symptoms and the severity of your whiplash. His goal in treating your condition is to alleviate muscle stiffness and pain and increase blood flow to the neck to help you heal more efficiently.

If you have headaches or shoulder pain following your accident, chiropractic techniques can also enhance the healing process and help you avoid pain and other complications for the long-term.

In addition to your initial treatment for whiplash, Dr. Weddle can design an ongoing treatment plan to keep your neck flexible and strong. This can go a long way to preventing chronic neck pain that can eventually interfere with your quality of life.

If you suffered neck trauma from a fall, sports injury, or car accident, don’t delay an evaluation of your neck health. You can schedule a consultation at DMC Healthcare to learn more about chiropractic care for whiplash by calling the office or by requesting an appointment online now.

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