If you’ve been in a car accident and have neck pain, you could have whiplash.
However, that’s only one whiplash symptom.
Many other common symptoms indicate you need to seek whiplash treatment from a Duluth chiropractor, all of which you should be aware of.
7 Signs You Need Chiropractic Whiplash Treatment
If you’ve been in an accident and notice any of these symptoms, contact your chiropractor for chiropractic car accident treatment.
1. Neck Stiffness and Pain
During an accident, your head can violently snap forward and back, which can cause muscle strain and even tears. Inflammation will result, increasing the pain and stiffness you experience.
2. Numbness and Tingling in the Arms
Misalignment and resulting nerve compression can occur during a whiplash injury. Compressed nerves lead to tingling and numbness in the extremities.
3. Pain or Tenderness in the Shoulders and Upper Back
Many of the muscles of the neck attach to bones in the chest and back. Therefore, the muscle strain you experience won’t be limited to your neck. You’ll likely have pain in your shoulders, back, and chest, too.
Neck pain can make it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep, which can lead to daytime fatigue. Since your muscles are strained, you’ll experience muscle fatigue as well.
5. Loss of Range of Motion in the Neck
Stiffness can be a result of muscle strain and tension, as well as inflammation and scar tissue build-up, common physiological responses to trauma.
6. Headaches That Start at the Base of the Skull
The muscles of the neck attach to the base of the skull. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to have headaches that start in this area.
7. Ringing in the Ears
Direct trauma, such as hitting your head against the window or steering wheel, can lead to nerve irritation or compression. In addition to causing pain, this can also lead to tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
Prevent Long-Term Damage – Seek Treatment ASAP
Drs. Marta Maria Trujillo and K. Anthony Merati can help reduce your post-accident pain and prevent long-term damage.
If you don’t address the scar tissue that develops after a trauma, you could end up with years of neck stiffness, reduced range of motion, and progressively worsening pain.
Talk to your Duluth chiropractor as soon as you’ve been in an accident to prevent long-term issues.