Most people assume that you can only get a whiplash injury if you have been involved in a car accident. Well, that’s a misconception and having treated a lot of whiplash injuries, we can confirm the same. Whiplash injuries are quite serious can cause serious health issues that can last for a long time. Here’s what you need to know about whiplash injuries.
What Is It?
They are also referred to as hyperextension injuries in the neck. If you have a whiplash injury, your neck muscles have been pulled or pushed beyond their usual range of motion. A whiplash injury happens when your body moves forward while the head remains in place. As a result, your head will be snapped back and forth to keep up with the rest of your body’s movements.
Eventually, the stretch will strain the ligaments and muscles in your neck causing pain, stiffness or headaches as well as mobility issues. As mentioned, you can get whiplash from anything and they are not limited to car accidents, although that’s the common cause. Here are some of the common accidents known to cause whiplash injuries.
1. Sports – Contact sports such as football are the main causes of whiplash injuries. However, you can also get the same injury with other sporting activities such as snowboarding, cycling, horseback riding or diving. You can avoid whiplash injuries by being careful when performing these activities.
2. Dancing – If you love playing the air guitar or serious dance moves, you are at risk of getting whiplash injuries. If you are not careful, you can get such an injury from breakdancing or ballroom dancing.
3. Tripping, Slipping Or Falling – Slips and falls are serious accidents that can cause serious injuries, including whiplash. If you trip, slip or fall, don’t move your neck too fast because you might suffer from a whiplash injury.
4. Theme Park Rides – As much as going on the roller coaster might be fun, it’s quite risky. Anything that jerks you around at fast speeds has a high risk of giving you a whiplash injury.
What To Do When You Have A Whiplash Injury
You should know that whiplash isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you but you shouldn’t ignore it when it happens. The symptoms can be quite serious such as stiffness in the neck as well as pain in the head, neck, shoulder or jaw, depending on the severity.
Do you feel like you have suffered from a whiplash injury? You need to give us a call and schedule a consultation at Alaska Back Care immediately. We have a team of chiropractors who will devise a treatment plan depending on your injury. Soon enough you will be back to wriggling your head or performing any of the activities mentioned without any worries.