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How do I know if I’ve experienced a whiplash?

It’s tempting to minimize your own injuries because your car has sustained little or no damage. Research shows that occupants can be injured considerably more than what you’d expect from a dented fender or a broken taillight. A vehicle, involved in a going only 5 mph can cause severe and long lasting whiplash. Whiplash results in trauma to the ligaments, tendons, soft tissues, discs, and even nerves of the neck.

If you visit the emergency room, you may be given a clean bill of health because you don’t have any broken bones. You might get a prescription to reduce the muscle spasms caused by structural changes in your neck or lower back. However, after what you’ve been through, you’ll need a health professional that truly understands soft tissue injuries, spinal biomechanics and rehabilitation strategies. Call our practice.

We Can Help

Whether it was a little incident in the parking lot, or two cars attempting to occupy the same space in an intersection, you need people who know how to work with lawyers and insurance companies. We’ve been through this many times. If you’re current health situation is the result of an automobile accident within the last 2 years, your car insurance may likely pay for your care. Part of your first visit procedure will be to determine the specifics of your policy.

What to bring with you to your first visit:

  • Your car insurance information
  • 3rd party insurance information (the person who hit you)
  • Adjuster’s name and claim number for the case
  • Health insurance card
  • Photo ID
  • Filled out paperwork
  • Records and/or contact information for any hospital or additional doctors’ visits as result of the accident
  • Police report, if available
  • Lawyer contact information, if applicable

Common Questions:

Q: What are the symptoms of whiplash?

A: Common whiplash symptoms include, but are not limited to: Neck pain or stiffness, Headache, Face or jaw pain, Fatigue, Shoulder pain or stiffness, Pain between the shoulder blades, Anxiety or irritability, Low back pain, Sensitivity to noise, Difficulty concentrating, Blurred vision, Difficulty swallowing, Ringing in the ears, Dizziness or vertigo, Nausea, TMJ disorders.

Q: Why do I have pain in my arms and hands?

A:Because the nerves to the arms and hands exit the spine through the injured area of the neck, numbness and tingling are common. Even lower back pain can result directly from the trauma, or as a reaction to the loss of proper spinal curves.

Q: Why did my headaches start more than a week after my accident?

A:Whether you’ve been in an accident, stressed at work, or over-exerted yourself in the garden, your body is constantly adapting to the environment. When your capacity to adapt is exhausted, symptoms can appear. This can take days, weeks, months or years to occur.

Q: Will I ever be normal again?

A: Many chiropractic patients report improved spinal function and a reduction of their symptoms. Those who delay seeking appropriate care often discover that scar tissue and long-standing spinal instability increases the recovery period.

Call our North Austin chiropractic office today!