Common signs and symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck or Back Pain
- Stiff or Restricted Neck Movement
- Dizziness or Equilibrium Disturbances
- Jaw Pain or Stiffness
- Ear Pain or Clicking
- Pain in Shoulders, Upper Back or Arms
- Tingling or Numbness
- Sciatica or Leg Pain
- Disc Problems & Injuries
- Muscle Spasms
Some people also experience:
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Sleep disturbances
Early Intervention after Auto Injury
Whiplash injury occurs in only seconds. In fact, if there is no “awareness” of the impending collision, the injuries are magnified. This is because the nervous system cannot respond fast enough to contract muscles and minimize or prevent whiplash injuries. Consequently, many of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, discs, ligaments & nerves) can be excessively stretched or “torn”. The medical terms for these injuries are sprains or strains…… sprains involve injury to the joints, discs and ligaments while strains affect the muscles and tendons.
Injured tissue heals with scar tissue through a process called the “fibrosis of repair” which sounds painful all by itself! This process involves 3 distinctly separate phases of inflammation, healing and remodeling which occur over a period of days, weeks and months. The first few weeks are the best time to receive treatment if you desire to achieve a complete recovery. Once scar tissue has formed in the 4-6 weeks following injury, it becomes resistant to change and often results in chronic pain, weakness and loss of motion. These symptoms frequently persist for months, years and often, the remainder of your life. That is why prompt evaluation and treatment by a Denver whiplash specialist is critical!
While whiplash symptoms may initially improve, but without proper treatment designed to restore normal spinal function they often recur. Proper evaluation usually involves x-rays and a thorough evaluation. Only then can a customized treatment plan be defined. At Denver whiplash treatment, we use a variety of specialties like physiatry, massage, chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture and MedX spinal rehabilitation to help you achieve a complete recovery. Our goal is to help you resume your normal activities as quickly as possible by using natural and conservative treatment; Denver whiplash treatment only considers injections and surgery when absolutely necessary.