Whiplash Symptoms Can Vary Greatly; Don’t Ignore Them!

Young man suffering from whiplash

Whiplash is a complicated condition. Symptoms may not present right away and when they do, they may seem wholly unrelated to the accident you suffered days or weeks ago. Other times, they might present immediately and linger to become long-term problems. Regardless of how they come to fruition, whiplash symptoms are nothing to ignore.

If you’ve been in a car accident, had a sports injury, or suffered any other kind of physical trauma, you’re at risk for whiplash. Because it’s characterized as a soft-tissue injury most often, whiplash is something every individual needs to be concerned with after an accident. The best thing you can do after a trauma is visit your chiropractor to make sure whiplash doesn’t have a chance to manifest fully.

In addition to being experts on the spine, chiropractors are also knowledgeable in soft tissue injuries. Moreover, they’re able to connect spinal subluxations and soft tissue injuries to help whiplash patients explore relief. At Strong Life Chiropractic in Tampa Bay, FL and Lithia, FL, we’ve seen what whiplash can do to a person and strive to help our patients avoid the long-term effects of untreated whiplash.

Keep an eye out for whiplash symptoms

Whiplash involves the rapid extension and deceleration of the neck. The damage to the cervical spine (neck) can be severe following a whiplash incident, along with hyperextension of soft tissue. Symptoms vary from patient to patient. However, if you’re experiencing any of the following, you’re a candidate for a whiplash diagnosis:

  • Neck stiffness;
  • Headaches;
  • Fatigue;
  • Dizziness;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Limited range of movement;
  • Irritability;
  • Memory problems.

Whiplash affects the body in multiple ways and you may experience several of the symptoms above simultaneously. Damage to the soft tissue, for example, may result in that muscle stiffness and lack of range of motion. Damage to the spinal discs can wreak all kinds of problems, as the spine plays a central role in relaying nervous system signals throughout the body.

Staying on top of whiplash symptoms

Qualifying whiplash is just the start. To prevent long-term issues from cropping up and persisting, there needs to be a healing factor. Chiropractic is a great place to start.

A chiropractor will determine exactly what damage has been done by analyzing your symptoms and using radiological imaging. Then, they’ll work on developing a treatment plan tailor-made for your specific symptoms. Because whiplash affects each patient differently, you need treatment that isn’t one-size-fits-all and one that targets, specifically, the damage done to your spine and soft tissue.

At the core of every chiropractic treatment plan is spinal manipulation, to restore vertebrae and disc integrity. It’s a painless, safe process designed to correct misalignments in vertebral discs that may be causing symptoms to develop. This restores spinal health and for many patients, can result in noticeable relief in just a few sessions as pain catalysts are addressed.

Complementary treatments like therapeutic massage, myofascial release, and a low-impact exercise program may also be components of your road to overcoming whiplash.

Don’t let whiplash get the best of you

If you think you may have suffered whiplash, don’t ignore the signs. See a trained chiropractor at Strong Life in Lithia, FL and Tampa, FL today to have your symptoms qualified and addressed specifically through a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) plan. Our aim is to help you avoid the years of agony that might otherwise come from a accident that may have happened in just seconds. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.