Whiplash from an Auto Accident in Greensboro
You’ve just been in a serious auto accident. Right now, you’re most grateful that you survived the crash, even if your car didn’t. What you do in the aftermath of your auto accident is very important, especially if you’ve suffered the common auto accident injury known as whiplash.
What to Do After an Auto Accident
You’re going to be rattled and possibly in shock after an auto accident. Although you might not feel much pain yet, it’s crucial you go to a hospital. There, a doctor or other medical professional can examine you and treat your injuries.
What Is Whiplash?
It’s possible you got whiplash from your accident. Whiplash occurs when the impact of the accident forces your body forward, unnaturally stretching the muscles in the neck, back, and sometimes shoulders. These muscles become inflamed, leading to swelling, tenderness, immobility, and intense pain.
Whiplash occurs during a car accident when the neck is propelled forward then backward rapidly. Most commonly, this neck issue happens as a result of rear-end collisions. Whiplash, also known as a neck sprain or strain, causes pain as a result of the soft tissue damage. It's also possible when you have whiplash that you'll also have damage to the nerves. Generally, this neck injury heals over the course of a few months. Some people who have whiplash will experience problems years after the automobile accident.
Why Does It Take So Long to Feel Pain?
That said, you might not feel your whiplash right away, even if you are seriously injured. This is because of the potent cocktail of chemicals flowing through your body right after the auto accident.
As mentioned, you may be in shock. This will numb you to almost everything, even your pain for a while. The adrenaline that courses through you after such a terrifying ordeal can also prevent you from feeling pain.
Once you start to calm down though, typically a few hours later, you’ll start noticing pain and stiffness. That’s why you shouldn’t wait to go to the hospital.
Symptoms of Whiplash
If you should happen to develop whiplash during a car accident, you'll usually develop symptoms within 48 hours, but most people experience symptoms within 24 hours. You might have neck pain and stiffness, and the pain may worsen as you move your neck.
The pain usually starts at the base of the skull. You might lose the range of motion in your neck as well. Tenderness in the shoulder, arm or upper back is possible, too. You might experience nerve-related problems such as numbness or tingling in your arms. Dizziness and fatigue are possible. Other potential symptoms of whiplash include the following:
- Ringing in your ears
- Blurred vision
- Sleep disturbances
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory issues
Chiropractic Treatments for Whiplash Pain
Your doctor at the hospital may recommend you see a chiropractor for your whiplash pain. There are two chiropractic techniques that are especially useful in treating the pain and stiffness associated with whiplash. These are the Active Release Techniques (ART) and the Graston Technique, both of which we’ll explain more in-depth.
Active Release Techniques (ART)
The Active Release Techniques reduces the pain associated with overworked muscles, such as whiplash. This technique is also used to reduce symptoms of tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, shoulder pain, shin splints, carpal tunnel, back pain, and headaches.
With the Active Release Techniques, the chiropractor can reach deep to the nerves, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and muscles via their hands. This treatment provides oxygen to the muscles, treats small muscle tears, and soothes muscle pain over time.
The Graston Technique also reaches deep to the tissue level to treat pain. The chiropractor will use soft-tissue instruments. With this treatment, the soft tissue will gradually heal, connective tissue health will be restored, and scar tissue will be reduced for a better range of motion.
About Healing Hands Chiropractic, Your Greensboro Chiropractor
If you’ve been in an auto accident and you have whiplash, come see us at Healing Hands Chiropractic, your Greensboro chiropractor. Our chiropractors specialize in the above techniques as well as spinal decompressions.
Contact us today at 336-235-4530 or visit us at Healing Hands Chiropractic on 2105-C West Cornwallis Drive.