What is Whiplash?
Whiplash injuries occur when a powerful and rapid back and forth motion happens to the head and neck. The sudden acceleration and instant deceleration causes your head and neck to move in such a way that can be compared to cracking a whip. Only the end of the whip in this case is your head.
Most commonly whiplash injuries occur as a result of a car accident, but could also be from a number of different situations in sporting events. Any time your head and neck move violently through and past their normal range of motion, your muscles, tendons, and ligaments get overstretched, which results in damage to those structures. This is what is classified as whiplash. There are many symptoms associated with it.
Symptoms Experienced with Whiplash:
When to See a Sports Chiropractor for whiplash?
There is some overlap in whiplash-associated symptoms and post-concussion symptoms and your Eden Prairie and Eagan sports chiropractors at Premier Sports and Spine Center are able to give you the correct diagnosis and provide the appropriate treatment to help reduce those symptoms.
The varying degree in symptoms can make it difficult to uncover where the pain generators are in regards to your condition. For this reason, a good history and physical examination are the most important initial pieces of your treatment process. A specific and individualized treatment plan is necessary for pain management and recovery. As previously mentioned the symptoms can be varied and therefore it is very important that you do not let them linger for a prolonged period of time. The sooner you are treated after the initial injury, the lower probability that your symptoms will become chronic and the faster you can return to normal activities./p>