Events on the road can happen when you least expect them. The results of a car accident could potentially cause physical injury and financial burden. However, while car damage is usually obvious, bodily injuries may necessitate a visit to the emergency room for a more accurate prognosis. These injuries could range from minor damage, such as sprains and bruises, to more serious issues such as broken bones or whiplash.
Your neck is composed of soft tissues, including muscles and tendons, that support the head. Whiplash occurs when your head is jerked rapidly. In some cases, the force can tear the ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissue in the neck. Whiplash usually occurs when a person is in a stationary position and is suddenly jolted. This type of injury often takes place in a car, but may also happen in other areas such as in contact sports. It can have a dangerous impact on the body and, in some cases, could result in long-term symptoms.
Whiplash can also damage much more than just the neck. Since the head, back and shoulders are located in the same area, whiplash could lead to impairment, discomfort, and brain trauma —if misdiagnosed or left untreated. Whiplash might also obstruct everyday activities such as work and sleep.
If you have sustained whiplash, getting the right treatment is a vital step to a quick recovery. A physician can treat neck injuries through chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, or other physical therapy practices. Make sure to check out the accompanying resource for more information about what you need to know when dealing with whiplash.
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