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Long Term Effects of Whiplash After an Auto Accident

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Whiplash is a soft tissue neck injury that will often occur in a Car Accident when the victim’s head is suddenly jolted backward and forwards.

Many people who are involved in an auto accident will suffer from a whiplash injury. These injuries can range from mild to severe, however, when they are not properly diagnosed or treated, the results can be long-term with consequences such as disability and significant medical expenses.

Whiplash injuries will often have a slow onset, so many people will not even realize that they have suffered the injury until hours or even days after the accident. Because of this, many people will not seek treatment at all, hoping the pain will be short-lived and that they will just start to feel better with time.

This is the worst possible decision one could make. While in some rare circumstances the victim may feel better on their own, the majority will suffer from long-term complications.

Long-Term Effects of Whiplash

Whiplash injuries can last anywhere from days, weeks, months, or even years depending on the severity of the injury that was caused to the soft tissue in the neck and upper back.

Car Accident victims may experience chronic neck pain or headaches for several years following the accident. Often times the nagging pain can be linked to damage in the ligaments, discs, and neck joints.

Long-Term whiplash usually results from more serious car accidents. However, even when severe accidents occur, it can still take 12 hours or more for the full symptoms of whiplash to appear. This is the number one reason why it’s crucial to be seen by a medical professional immediately following the accident.

When a whiplash victim does not receive medical treatment shortly after the injury occurs, the recovery process can take much longer.

Whiplash injuries can occur even when in car accident cases where the driver was only going 10 miles per hour at the time of the crash.

This means, the vehicle may not even be damaged, but that does not mean your body is not.

When whiplash goes untreated, or when the injury is severe, some of the common symptoms of chronic whiplash include:

  • Dizziness
  • Pain and stiffness in the neck or shoulders
  • Upper or lower back pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Severe headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Numbness or weakness in the arms or legs
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Blurred vision
  • Irritability

When you see a medical professional right away, the doctor will be able to diagnose and treat your whiplash injury before you begin to experience pain.

Those who fail to seek medical treatment, even when their injury is minor, will run the risk of experiencing whiplash symptoms for much longer than those who receive proper treatment.

You may be wondering what is “proper treatment” for a whiplash injury anyway?

Why Seeing a Chiropractor is the Best Solution for your Whiplash Injury

When you are involved in a Car Accident, no matter how minor, you should always seek help from an experienced Chiropractor.

The Chiropractors at Metrowest Spine Clinic have been treating car accident injury victims for over 18 years. They have helped a countless number of Whiplash Injury victims throughout the years.

Seeing a chiropractor after you have been injured in a car accident is the best way to make a fast and complete recovery.

Chiropractors have extensive training when it comes to treating whiplash injuries. When you come to the clinic after being involved in a car crash, they will ask you about your medical history and complete a thorough exam.

Whiplash Injury Chiropractor

Once they have diagnosed the problem, they will come up with a specialized treatment plan that will be tailored to your specific recovery.

Do not put off seeing a Chiropractor after you have been involved in a Car Accident. The faster you seek treatment, the faster you can begin the recovery process.

Dr. Austrager, a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist at Metrowest Spine Clinic has been helping local patients with their injuries since 2000. Visit www.metrowestspineclinic.com or call 508-620-1585 to schedule your appointment.