Most Frequently Asked Questions About Whiplash

Whiplash is relatively common. However, few people understand what it is or know what they should do if they have it. Here is a look at some of the most asked questions about whiplash. If you think you might have it (or any other back or neck injury) and you live in the Philadelphia area, pay us a visit at Oxford Rehabilitation Center.

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What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash occurs when excessive force causes a sudden, uncontrolled extension and flexion of the neck. This quick and sharp movement can badly strain the muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues in the neck, shoulders, head, and back. Although whiplash is commonly thought of as a car accident injury, that’s not the only way you can get it. Common alternatives include slips, falls, sports-related mishaps, and roller coasters.

How Do You Know If You Have Whiplash?

No two cases of whiplash are precisely alike, so neither are any two sets of symptoms. Neck pain and upper back pain are telltale signs. However, the following are also good indicators, especially if you have recently fallen or been in an accident.

  • Headache, including migraine
  • Pain in the shoulders, jaw, or arms
  • Muscle spasms in the back, neck, or jaw
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Issues sleeping, chewing, or swallowing

It is important to note that whiplash symptoms can manifest days, weeks, or even months after a car accident injury. For that reason, it is recommended that anyone who’s been in an accident visit a chiropractor for an evaluation, even if they’re relatively confident they have no injuries.

How Does a Chiropractor Treat Whiplash?

The first order of business is to obtain a diagnosis. Your chiropractor will give you a thorough physical examination, as well as ask you some questions. He may also perform x-rays to determine the extent of any damage. At that point, a course of treatment will be recommended. Treatment types may include the following:

  • Massage therapy
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Manual chiropractic adjustments
  • Immobilization via a cervical collar

In some cases, medication or surgery may also be necessary or recommended. However, this isn’t always the case. Ask your chiropractor for more information about your options when you show up for your evaluation.

Call Oxford Rehabilitation Center Today!

The sooner you make an appointment with the right chiropractor, the sooner you can address any possible injuries and get back to living your life to the fullest. If you are in Philadelphia, we of Oxford Rehabilitation Center can offer you the hands-on, quality care you need and deserve. Give us a call today and schedule your appointment!