Anyone who has experienced an automobile collision knows the destructive effect that the impact forces can have on the body. One of the common issues that occurs, particularly in rear-end collisions, is called whiplash. As the name implies, the terms refers to the rapid forward and back motion that happens to the neck.
The impact force and rapid change of movement often results in more stress than the neck is able to withstand, resulting in strains, sprains and potentially more serious issues like tears and bulging or herniated discs. By being able to recognize the symptoms of whiplash from a rear-end collision early, you can give yourself a better chance of a successful outcome as you work to develop an effective treatment plan.
Whiplash can cause a wide range of potential symptoms
Depending on factors like the severity of the collision and the patient’s current state of health, whiplash can present a number of different symptoms. In many situations, there might not be any pain or loss of mobility at the time of the crash, with symptoms developing the following days. This is why it’s critical to have yourself checked by a qualified medical professional as early as possible to get a jump on treatment.
Symptoms that can be traced back to whiplash from a rear-end collision include:
- Localized neck pain
- Neck stiffness and diminished range of motion
- Headaches that begin at the base of the skull
- Radiating symptoms, such as tingling and numbness in the extremities
Minor cases of whiplash can improve in a short period of time, but more serious cases may require more involved treatments such as physical therapy.
Whiplash treatment with Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
At our well-appointed clinics, our caring team has decades of combined experience in helping people overcome auto-related injuries, including whiplash from a rear-end collision. We’ll provide personalized care that includes an exhaustive evaluation and a collaborative approach to care planning. To learn more and start your treatment journey with us, contact our team today. We’ll be glad to help you schedule your initial appointment.