Causes, Symptoms, Treatment of Whiplash

Do you have headaches or neck pain? An estimated five million whiplash injuries occur per year, not to mention the other millions of car accident-related concussions.  The symptoms of a whiplash can be subtle and may appear later after the head trauma, many lasting months and years.  An auto accident collision at 6 mph has been shown to cause significant damage the the brain and cervical spine according to the Spine Research Institute of San Diego.

Common Causes of Whiplash

There are many contributing factors to concussions from auto-accidents to sports related head traumas to slip and falls.  Sports, such as in a contact sport like Football, experience a higher rate of whiplash with incessant head traumas. 

Whiplash Symptoms

  • Headache or feeling of pressure in the head
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing of the Ear
  • Neck Pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Brain Fog

Whiplash is a relatively common injury that occurs to a person's neck following a rapid forward and backward movement of the head. Most cases are due to a vehicular accident of some sort. Common symptoms of whiplash include stiffness, headaches, neck pain, and often complain of sudden dizzy spells. A whiplash injury can last anywhere from three day's to three month's, depending on how mild or severe the case. Cases that have gone untreated have resulted in nerve damage, and/or Vertigo. Pay attention to the signs your body gives you.

Whiplash injury syndrome is very similar to Post -Concussion Syndrome, however this is usually due to cervical vertigo or dizziness. Sixty percent of people that have whiplash, contract Vertigo as well. It has been said that everyone with whiplash has permanent damage, but this is false.permanent damage is usually caused not only from forward and backward head movement, but side to side movement's as well. The combination of motions can cause brain injuries, muscle spasm, muscle tearing, and instability of the ligaments. In severe cases the spine is also fractured, causing permanent damage. 

Whiplash Treatments

  • Dr. Eric offers gentle treatments of whiplash or neck pain with the AO Treatment plus medical massage.  
  • Medical Massage Therapy helps to reduce muscle spasms, release tension and promote healing and relaxation.  After a whiplash injury it's also important to regain full range of motion of the neck.  Here at Pragle Chiropractic and Massage, Dr. Pragle uses a more modern technique allowing vibrations to help your body realign itself.