Everyone has heard the term “whiplash.” It’s the rapid forward-and-back motion that happens to the neck during automobile collisions and other serious accidents. The term is probably so common both because it creates such a vivid image and because it is relatively accurate. What many people don’t know about whiplash, however, is that the symptoms can often have a delayed onset.
While the motions that the neck undergoes are very severe, it is possible to walk away from an accident without feeling any initial pain. This is why it is so important to have yourself checked out by a qualified health care professional if you’ve been in any type of serious accident. Untreated whiplash symptoms can be more severe than if you had sought out prompt treatment.
No matter how long ago your accident was, we’re sharing this overview of common whiplash symptoms to help you seek the care you need.
Watch out for these symptoms of whiplash if you haven’t sought out treatment
Whiplash symptoms can take days or longer to develop, and if they aren’t severe at first, it may be tempting to ignore them. However, untreated whiplash symptoms can get worse without proper care. Here are the primary issues to watch out for:
Neck pain — The rapid involuntary movements can cause muscle strains and ligament sprains. It can also potentially lead to nerve compression due to a spinal injury.
Headaches — If specific nerves are affected, whiplash can also lead to headaches. Particularly severe headaches accompanied by nausea may be a sign of a concussion, which is why it is all the more important to seek prompt medical attention after an accident.
Tingling and numbness in the arms and hands — Nerve compression related to whiplash can lead to radiating symptoms that travel out to the extremities.
Reduced range of motion and stiffness — Whether due to a muscle or spine injury, whiplash can affect your ability to comfortably move your neck. Like other symptoms, this can be progressive in nature.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is critical to seek prompt and immediate attention from a qualified professional. One of the most effective forms of treatment for whiplash is physical therapy. A qualified therapist can assess your injury and provide care in the form of therapeutic exercises, manual techniques and other interventions.
Whiplash symptom relief at Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Our experienced team of therapists can help you create a highly individualized treatment plan designed to promote the recovery process and reduce the symptoms of whiplash. By being proactive about your treatment, you can give yourself the best chance of enjoying a better quality of life on a long-term basis.
To learn more and schedule your initial appointment at one of our beautiful clinics, contact us today.