Symptoms of Whiplash in Bellevue Explained
Your car got bumped by another car, and now something is clearly wrong. Maybe your neck is stiff and sore, maybe you are experiencing recurring headaches, or maybe your hands feel strangely tingly. These and many other symptoms could be signs of a debilitating neck injury known as whiplash. Many of my patients are surprised to learn that a seemingly unrelated pain or other disorder is related to nerve impingement or joint misalignment in the cervical spine. Others are confused by their symptoms because they have no pain for days following their auto accident. Let's look at how to recognize a potential case of whiplash in Bellevue.
What Whiplash Does to Your Neck
Whiplash gets its name from the sharp, damaging action that occurs when your car and body come to a sudden halt but your head keeps moving due to momentum. The initial bump from the collision may actually throw the head backward, after which it is thrown violently forward in a rebound action. These two actions create both hyperflexion and hyperextension in the neck and that is how the damage takes place. The forces exerted on your cervical spine can dislocate the vertebral joints and allow discs to shift and herniate. Herniated discs can pinch nerve roots. At the same time, your neck muscles and tendons are seriously strained or torn. It is no wonder then, that whiplash can create a wide variety of symptoms.
Signs of Whiplash
It is worth noting that you might not experience any neck trouble at all in the immediate aftermath of your car accident. The shock of the event can get adrenaline flowing and delay symptoms even though an injury is actually present. By the time symptoms finally occur, you might not even connect them with your accident. We typically see patients suffering from:
Neck Pain and Stiffness - You may have trouble moving your head backward/forward or turning it to either side.
Muscle Spasms - Your neck muscles may seem unusually clenched or tight.
Headaches - Neck muscle spasms often produce headache pain by tugging on sensitive membranes.
Pain, Numbness, Muscle Weakness or Tingling Sensations in Hands and Arms - When these symptoms are caused by pinched cervical nerves from a herniated disc, the condition is called cervical radiculopathy.
Sensory Problems - Nerve impingement from whiplash may cause such oddities as ringing in the ears, vision problems, dizziness, trouble concentrating and mood disorders.
Whiplash Treatment at Chiropractic of Bellevue
Now that you know the signs of whiplash, contact us to set up an evaluation at Chiropractic of Bellevue. I will discuss your symptoms with you and perform careful diagnostic checks to determine exactly what has been damaged. I can then administer the right mix of whiplash treatment options to free you from those symptoms and help you heal. Call us at (425) 802-5432 and take the first step toward overcoming your case of whiplash in Bellevue.