Neck Pain & Whiplash

Neck Pain & Whiplash

Whiplash and neck pain is often excruciating. The pain and stiffness experienced following a motor vehicle accident is one of the most painful experiences that anyone will ever have to live through. Typically you may experience severe pain in your neck and spine due to the fact that your head was violently whipped forward, backwards or sideways. However, a milder injury may not produce immediate symptoms and these may only begin to show up weeks, months or even years later, as post-traumatic degenerative processes set in.

As you can imagine, this pain is difficult to bear, and it’s the reason why so many people end up popping painkillers in order to alleviate the symptoms. But this is not the correct way to eliminate the pain. You need to actually treat the problem instead of masking the symptoms.

A physical therapist can provide tremendous help with this condition. A PT can offer real-world, manageable treatment choices that will help slowly but surely remove the pain from your life. With proper treatment, you can throw away the painkillers and get back to living your life normally and pain-free once again.

The down side of painkillers is that they are often very addictive, which is why you should seriously consider a chiropractor instead of taking painkillers. It may end up saving you from an addiction that you would rather not have to live with.

Here are some common questions and answers in regards to neck pain and whiplash…

Whiplash: What Is It?

When a person’s head and neck is violently and suddenly moved in a forward, backward or sideways direction, this is what we typically refer to as whiplash. The head whips so fast and so quickly that it can do a great deal of damage to supportive tissues in the neck.

This type of accident will typically take place in a motor vehicle. But it’s also important to realize that a person could experience whiplash at work or due to a sports related injury.

What Are the Physical Things Happening That Make Whiplash Such a Painful Experience?

Whiplash is not minor problem. There are a number of things taking place that makes this such a painful experience, and they include:

  • Overstretching or tearing of the ligaments and muscles that support the spine
  • Rupturing, tearing or bulging of the discs between the vertebrae
  • Range of motion reduction due to vertebrae being forced out of their normal position
  • Nerve roots and spinal cord stretching, producing injury and irritation
  • Symptoms could potentially take years to develop

What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

Some of the most recognizable neck pain symptoms include: fatigue, pain in the face or jaw, feeling irritable, numbness, tingling, nausea, trouble swallowing, vertigo, back stiffness, back pain, blurred vision, dizziness, pain in the legs, pain in the feet, pain in the hands, ringing ears and more.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, it would be wise to start physical therapy right away. They could help eliminate the whiplash and neck pain.

What Are the Interesting Facts about Whiplash?

  • Age plays an important role in whiplash. As a person’s body gets older, the ligaments are a lot less pliable. Their muscles are weaker and they are less flexible. This will decrease their range of motion and make older people more susceptible to whiplash.
  • Pre-existing health problems cause whiplash to be more severe. If you are suffering from arthritis or other debilitating conditions, whiplash could potentially be more severe because of this fact.

A physical therapist can help alleviate neck pain and whiplash so that these conditions do not haunt you for the rest of your life.