Text Whiplash: What Our Chiropractor Wants You To Know
If you've recently been in an accident, you may be wondering if you have whiplash. At Chatham Chiropractic Clinic, our staff specializes in helping people who have been in accidents recover from their injuries, including whiplash. Read on to learn more about the cause of whiplash, signs and symptoms, and when to seek whiplash treatment from a chiropractor.
What Is Whiplash?
Normally, the muscles and tendons in our necks do a great job of protecting our bones against outside forces. In an accident, however, the brain doesn't know the force is coming, and can't send a message to the muscles and tendons to brace for impact. This can result in the neck and cervical (upper) spine moving in an unnatural way, causing whiplash.
Whiplash symptoms can vary from person to person, but they often include headache, fatigue, difficulty concentration, and insomnia, a general feeling of malaise, backache, mood changes, and dizziness. For most people, symptoms of whiplash begin to show 24 to 48 hours after impact.
When to Seek Treatment
Whiplash is most easily treated before symptoms set in, which means it's important to seek chiropractic care right away, even if you're not sure whether you're suffering from whiplash. If you've been in an accident that involved a jarring force, talk to our chiropractor about the type of whiplash treatment that makes the most sense for you. If you're already experiencing symptoms, don't wait. The sooner treatment starts, the faster symptoms will be relieved.
Call Our Chatham Chiropractor
If you've been in a car accident, there's a good chance that you're experiencing whiplash, even if you don't have any symptoms yet. Call our office, Chatham Chiropractic Clinic, right away to set up an appointment at (217) 483-1551. Be sure to mention that you've recently been in an accident and may be experiencing whiplash so that we can get you on our appointment schedule as soon as possible. We look forward to helping you with all of your chiropractic care needs.