Maybe you don’t give them enough credit, but your neck muscles are involved in almost every movement you take.
Like all of us, you only realize it once they hurt you, trying to signal that something’s not right in the area.
The pain can become unbearable, and it usually leaves an imprint on everything you do, especially when standing up.
One of the causes of neck pain is whiplash, a common condition that is rarely clinically diagnosed and corrected.
Causes and Lasting Effects of Whiplash
Whiplash occurs most often as a result of a car accident or even heavy braking. The body is strapped and restrained in the seat, while the head and neck is forced abruptly into forward flexion, then hyperextension, followed by a hyperflexion. This leads to an irregular S shape of the spine, which can affect you on the long term.
Even if you didn’t have a immediate symptoms, the symptoms could surface moths or even years later if the underlying damage is not rehabilitated and corrected.
The most common symptoms that indicate whiplash or residual effects of whiplash are:
- Neck and shoulder pain and stiffness
- Headaches and fatigue
- Jaw pain
- Arm weakness and pain
Although they are often felt right after the impact, you can start to feel the effects of whiplash gradually, over a few days, or even months and years later.
Recovery and Treating the Symptoms
If left untreated, in most cases, the symptoms build up progressively and lead to anxiety, frustration, stress, depression, and insomnia. All of the secondary symptoms that develop are the result of the constant discomfort and underlying weakness and instability of the damaged neck joints, muscles, and ligaments.
The traditional treatments include over-the-counter medicine, and ice on the neck to reduce the swelling. If the pain is severe, you can be requested to wear a neck collar for a short period, or you can get a prescription for painkillers.
When addressed correctly, the recovery can take between a few days and a few months. But that can only happen once you get a proper clinical diagnosis.
Come Visit Us
If you’re looking for efficient whiplash treatment in Naples, stop by Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology and the Feel Amazing Spine and Joint Institute. We are advanced certified by the Spine Institute of San Diego to treat the condition. We offer chiropractic as well as medical procedures all under one roof.
To diagnose whiplash, we use Digital Motion X-Ray to view the structures of the spine in motion. The pain is usually worse with movement, so it makes sense to x-ray the spine 30 frames per second to visualize the underlying damage. To alleviate the symptoms, we rely on alternative remedies such as rehab and chiropractic, or even stem cell regenerative therapy provided by our medical staff.
If you’re interested in further information, you can book an appointment or contact us online. We are looking forward to helping you.