How Does Whiplash Affect the Rest of Your Body?

While most people associate whiplash with the neck, this type of injury can become a whole-body issue very quickly. In fact, whiplash can create a variety of sensory, cognitive and physical issues throughout the different systems in our bodies. If you suspect that you’re suffering from whiplash, it’s important to know the full story about how this very serious injury can affect you from head to toe.

How Do I Know If I Need Whiplash Treatment?

Whiplash is an injury that occurs after a powerful jolt causes your neck to move back and forth beyond its normal range of movement. While it is commonly associated with car accidents, you can also suffer whiplash caused by falls, sports injuries, falling off a bike, horse-riding accidents, roller coasters, being hit in the face, physical abuse and more.

In all of these cases, the ligaments and tendons in the neck are strained beyond the normal range of motion by rapid, sudden overstretching. While some people feel the effects instantly, it’s not uncommon for hours or days to pass before the symptoms show up. Unfortunately, this is why many people who are seriously injured actually waive off medical attention at the scene of an auto accident. The common “neck” symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Loss of your ability to move your neck.
  • Headaches.
  • Neck stiffness.
  • A tender feeling in the back of neck.

Pain and loss of mobility can also show up throughout the body. Some people never make the connection between whiplash and loss of function in other areas of the body because they are unaware of the universal symptoms of whiplash. Here’s a rundown of how whiplash shows up in other areas of the body other than the neck:

  • Arm pain.
  • Hand pain.
  • Pins-and-needles sensations or numbness in the arms and hands.
  • Dizziness.
  • Fatigue.
  • Tinnitus.
  • Vertigo.
  • Difficulty with swallowing.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Blatter and bowel issues.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Sleep disturbances and restlessness.

For some people, mood and cognitive issues show up as side effects of whiplash. The most common mood disruption following whiplash is irritability. Additionally, issues like poor focus and memory loss stemming from whiplash or neck injuries can make it difficult to return to life as usual following an accident. In a 2016 study, researchers found that whiplash causes functional changes in the regions of the brain connected to pain and posture processing.

Are You Looking for Whiplash Treatment in Redmond, Washington?

Chiropractic care has been shown to be immensely effective for relieving the pain and symptoms of whiplash. Using various therapeutic techniques that include spinal manipulation and stretching, chiropractors help whiplash victims to improve cervical range of motion. Restoring alignment to the spine can be the key to restoring function to areas of the body that have been peripherally impacted by overstretching of the neck during the whiplash event.

Dr. Tony Brooks and the Structural Chiropractic team offer cutting-edge whiplash treatment in Redmond, Washington. Our surface electromyography (sEMG) biofeedback technology allows us to measure soft tissue injury to narrow down the source of pain, discomfort and loss of motion. We have a full team of pain and wellness experts ready to help you get on the road to recovery. For more information about whiplash care, contact Structural Chiropractic to book your appointment today!