Did you know that about half of all whiplash injuries occur at low speeds between 6-12 mph? The logic that if there is no damage to the car then there is probably no personal injury can be no further from the truth!
A small fender bender with no real damage to a vehicle may still in fact cause whiplash – even at very low speeds.
Neck pain is just one of the symptoms of whiplash. Pain, tingling or numbness in the arm and hand, pain between the shoulder blades, low back pain, headaches, TMJ pain (jaw pain), difficulty concentrating, vision disturbance and ringing in the ears are all common symptoms of whiplash. If whiplash is left untreated, this can affect overall health later down the road.
Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are suddenly forced backward and forward, putting stress on the spine. Symptoms may be apparent immediately or they may take days to appear. Symptoms may seem minor but they should not be ignored. Contact your chiropractic physician soon after the accident to correct any issues at the start.
Upper Back Pain
Weakness or Numbness
Therapies such as adjustments, manipulation, massage, rehabilitative exercises can provide very effective results. If involved in a car accident, even a seemingly minor one, be sure to see your chiropractor for a comprehensive examination.