When someone tells you they had a whiplash injury, you may immediately picture a massive car accident involving severe trauma to the head and neck. Next, your mind may take you to one of the adrenaline-pumping car-chasing scenes from Fast and Furious. In truth, however, a whiplash injury can occur even after just a slight overextension or jolting of the neck. It can also stem from accidents in sports like riding a horse, playing football, or skiing down a steep slope.
Sadly, if you have a whiplash injury, you may experience intense aching in your neck. It can cause difficulty moving your head, a pinched nerve, headaches, migraines, vertigo, and other health problems. In most cases, it requires a patient to go to a doctor or a NUCCA chiropractor in Redwood City to alleviate the pain.
Have you ever wondered why it feels so painful and uncomfortable to have a whiplash injury? Let’s discuss this further below.
Your neck is consists of bones, muscle tissues, ligaments, intervertebral discs, and nerves. During an injury, these body parts suffer the impact. Sometimes, the damage causes the neck bones to shift by a couple of millimeters. This puts tension on nearby tissues, compressing or irritating your brain’s information highway – the brainstem.
When this happens, you experience neck pain. It can last for several days if you leave it unchecked by a doctor or a NUCCA chiropractor in Redwood City. Unfortunately, the misalignment when left uncorrected can worsen, causing more health mishaps like migraines, vertigo episodes, pins and needles sensation, and muscle weakness.
Sometimes, whiplash injuries are ignored because people think it doesn’t severely impact the body. But, in truth, it could cause cervical spine misalignment, which can cause other problems in the future.
If you had a whiplash injury, we recommend getting your neck checked. With the help of a NUCCA chiropractor in Redwood City, you can determine the level of misalignment of your neck bones and receive necessary NUCCA adjustments.
We at Advanced Spinal Care can provide you with gentle and precise NUCCA adjustments to resolve your aching neck pain and whiplash symptoms. Contact us at (650) 595-0500 or fill out our form to schedule your appointment.
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