Whiplash? What you need to know.

What is a whiplash and how does it happen?

A whiplash is a sudden back and forth movement of the cervical spine. Most whiplashes occur during a car accident, usually a rear-ended collision.

Common symptoms of whiplash can range from aches, spasms, headaches, numbness, tingling, throbbing, burning, and cramping. One might experience these symptoms right after an injury or it may take up to 24 hours or longer.

Why does a person experience these symptoms?

When a whiplash occurs and there is no fracture involved, soft tissues are affected. Soft tissues include: tendons, muscles, ligaments, fibrous tissues, fat, skin and synovial membrane. Most soft tissues will heal with no treatment; however, if there is no chiropractic treatment the tissues may heal as scar tissues. Scar tissues are less elastic, which can cause chronic problems later if not treated.

If you have been in an automobile accident, call Injury 2 Health Kennesaw at 770-426-6639 for a complimentary consultation.

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