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What is Whiplash?

Whiplash occurs when the head is quickly moved forward and then snapped backward, or vice versa. Whiplash stretches and tears at the muscles, ligaments, discs, and nerves in the neck. Whether the result of a car accident, sports, or work injury, whiplash or other neck injuries warrant a thorough chiropractic check-up.

Typical symptoms include neck pain, which often starts a few hours after the accident and worsens over the following two days. This is often the result of tightened muscles. The muscles tighten as a result of the trauma in an effort to splint the injured area to protect it from further injury.

About half of those suffering from whiplash complain of headaches. These headaches, like the neck pain, are often the result of tightened, tensed muscles trying to protect the injured area.

Shoulder pain radiating down the arms, as well as radiating down into the shoulder blade area, may also be the result of tensed muscles.

Muscle tears are often described as burning pain, prickling or tingling. More severe disc damage may cause sharp pain with certain movements, which may or may not radiate into the arms, hand and fingers. Often pain from disc damage is relieved by holding your hand over your head.