Could My Neck Pain Be Whiplash?

Every year in the United States, more than a million people experience whiplash, the most common injury that results from car accidents. Among the problems with whiplash is that it doesn’t always show up right away after an accident.

So, if you’ve been in a crash recently, you should get checked out, even if you’re not experiencing neck pain. If you are experiencing neck pain, you definitely should get it checked out. It’s likely that whiplash is the culprit. 

At AllCare Chiropractic, with three Maryland locations, our chiropractors are here to cover all of your pain management needs, including neck pain caused by whiplash

What is whiplash? 

Whiplash is the term for the neck injury you suffer when your head is rocked back and forth forcefully and suddenly when you’re in a car crash or involved in some other kind of accident. 

A car accident is the most common way to get whiplash, but you can also get it from a fall, a sports collision, a physical altercation, or some other type of physical trauma. Whiplash can also be referred to as a neck sprain or a neck strain.

Symptoms of whiplash 

You may not notice the symptoms of whiplash right after an accident or injury, but it’s important to see a doctor anyway. If left untreated, whiplash can cause you serious problems down the road, including chronic pain and loss of flexibility. 

Some of the more common symptoms of whiplash include:

Some more serious symptoms include:

Scheduling a visit with one of our AllCare Chiropractic providers after an accident can also help rule out other injuries, like broken bones or soft tissue injuries, or more serious conditions that may be causing your neck pain

You should also seek treatment as soon as you can if you’ve previously suffered whiplash, if you’re older, or if you have an existing back or neck injury — these factors can make the outcome worse if your injury is left untreated. 

If you’ve been in a car accident recently and are experiencing neck pain, call us today at one of our three convenient locations in Bowie, Laurel, and Annapolis, Maryland, or schedule an appointment on our website.

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