The likelihood of being in a car accident is fairly high. While all car accidents may not be massive, injuries can still occur.

One of the most common injuries people sustain in an accident is Whiplash.

Whiplash is also one injury that most people don’t realize they have, unless the pain becomes unbearable. However, by that time the injury may have already worsened. That’s why it’s very important to seek immediate medical attention after a car accident.

Whiplash occurs as a result of the head being jerked forward and then backward with great force. This happens commonly in a rear end collision. Whiplash may also occur in sports injuries. This stretches, even tears, the muscles and ligaments of your neck beyond their range of motion.

While whiplash is a relatively mild condition, it can lead to other complications, long-term pain, and discomfort, if left untreated.

The following symptoms indicate a whiplash injury –

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches at the base of the head
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Less common symptoms include concentration and memory problems, ringing in the ears, sleep issues, irritability, and chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, or head

Treatment for whiplash

The treatment plan for whiplash will depend on the severity of the injury. It may include one or more of the following –

  • Rest, along with heat or cold application
  • Over-the-Counter pain relievers
  • A chiropractor may recommend several stretching and mobility exercises to relieve pain, and encourage healing
  • Physical Therapy to strengthen your muscles, improve posture, and restore normal movement