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Whiplash is an injury caused by the sudden rapid acceleration and deceleration of the neck and head upon impact in a car accident or sporting event. This traumatic impact forces the neck and head beyond their normal range of motion, causing tissue damage, spinal damage and ultimately pain. Although this type of injury can be caused by all sorts of accidents, generally the term "whiplash" is used to describe the symptoms resulting from a car accident. Car accident victims suffering from whiplash may experience headaches, pain in the shoulders, and pain between the shoulder blades, neck pain and stiffness among other debilitating symptoms.

If you have been involved in an accident of any type which resulted in sudden jolts and are free of symptoms, it is advisable to seek a diagnostic examination from your local chiropractor or physician. In car accidents there can be damage without immediate symptoms and often time there can be delayed symptoms. Your chiropractor can help to determine the location and extent of the damage and develop an appropriate treatment plan which can include physical rehabilitation.

In car accidents most of the time, damage to a person's neck, head, and other body structures caused by whiplash are to the soft tissue. Soft tissue consists of the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the body. Following a car wreck your neck or back muscles may feel stiff and sore for days or longer, sometimes much longer. Seeking chiropractic treatment can help relieve the pain along with treatment of the underlying cause of the pain. Without treatment the injury and resulting pain can linger for much longer periods of time.

Soft tissues inflammation and injury generally heal within a few months of the accident. This can be shorter or longer dependant on many extenuating circumstances. If you have been in an accident and the pain persists, the whiplash injury may also be affecting the victim's intervertebral joints, facet joints, nerves and spinal disks.

Depending on the person, whiplash injury could take about 6 months to heal. However, there are those who experience whiplash and develop chronic pain. If this is the case then recovery could take years. It is critical to see a chiropractic clinic that focuses on whiplash injury treatment for diagnostic evaluation and help. Chiropractors can and usually will refer you to a preferred medical doctor in extreme cases where additional treatment is necessary.

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