Signs of Whiplash Injuries

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Whiplash, also known as a neck sprain or strain, is a painful neck injury. It is characterized by several symptoms that can make themselves known shortly after an injury. Bryan Foss, DC and Cherry Creek Spine & Pain in his Denver, CO can evaluate and develop a treatment plan for your neck injury.

Most cases of whiplash are caused by a sudden jerking motion of your head. This is often the unfortunate result of a car accident. You may walk away from an auto accident without a scratch on your body, but find yourself in unbearable pain just a few hours later.

If you have been in an accident, you may be wondering if the discomfort and pain you are feeling could be whiplash.

Signs of Whiplash Injuries

As with many injuries that involve muscles and joint, some of the signs of whiplash could be delayed for up to 48 hours after the initial injury. Your whiplash symptoms may start off quite mild with some neck stiffness and a bit of pain but may soon settle in with headaches that can’t be soothed with over the counter pain relievers.

Pain can be located between both shoulder blades and also isolated to just one shoulder. Lower and middle back pain can also be radiating down from your injured neck.

Due to the nature of neck sprains, it’s also possible to experience both numbness and pain in your arm and hands. This is very likely to occur if the pain is isolated to just one side of your body.

Some of the other signs of whiplash injuries go beyond feeling pain and discomfort. You may find yourself feeling irritable, emotional, having a hard time concentrating, struggling to sleep, and even dizziness.

The combination of signs that contribute to a neck sprain should not be taken lightly and should be addressed by your trusted chiropractor. Dr. Bryan Foss, D.C. will evaluate you and provide whiplash treatment that has been designed to address each of the issues you are struggling with.

Treatment for Whiplash

Each patient faces his or her own unique symptoms and concerns after a whiplash injury. At Cherry Creek Spine & Pain, Dr. Foss, D.C. and his team will evaluate the extent of your injuries so that you can receive the right treatment for your whiplash needs.

While over the counter pain relief medications can provide a measure of temporary relief, for long-term relief, you’ll find that a combination of chiropractic methods, gentle physical therapy, and alternating between heat and ice can be beneficial. Muscle stimulation methods are also an option for some patients.

Make an appointment with Denver Chiropractor Dr. Bryan Foss, D.C. to find out more about getting whiplash treatment and relief from the pain you may be experiencing.