Have you ever been in a car accident? Even just a gentle fender-bender? Then odds are you’ve been in a situation where you could have gotten whiplash. You don’t have to be going 80 miles per hour on the highway and get in a wreck to get whiplash. In fact, it’s completely possible to get whiplash if you’re only going 35 miles per hour. What matters is not how fast you’re going, but the motion of your neck and back during the accident. How you’re hit and how your body responds are what affect the severity of a case of whiplash.

So what actually is whiplash?

Whiplash is a form of neck strain that involves the motion where your head and neck are flung backwards and forwards quickly. This can happen in car accidents, while playing tackle football, or even if you just fall wrong.

If you’ve ever seen a fly fishing rod, it’s a very similar motion. First the long fishing line is brought upwards and moved into a 45 degree angle back over your shoulder. The rod and line are then brought forward to about the same angle. The total fishing motion is simply this over and over again. If you move the rod and line too quickly, it may make a snapping sound like a whipcrack. This is the same motion that can happen to your neck during an accident.

Once your neck has been injured by whiplash, you may not immediately recognize the pain or other problems that come with whiplash due to everything going on in your body after an accident. However, after a bit of time, your sore neck can quickly turn into a real problem. The main symptoms for whiplash include pain and decreased range of motion in the neck. Whiplash can also lead to headaches that start at the base of your skull and then radiate upwards.

If you let whiplash continue without treatment, then you can run into some substantially painful long term problems. There are a wide variety of options in order to treat whiplash. Depending on the severity of your particular case, you may opt to do anything from at home therapies to chiropractic care, to direct medical intervention. Often, with the proper care, whiplash can be resolved. More often than not, ice and heat at home with some chiropractic appointments can help to alleviate a substantial amount of the pain you are experiencing.

In the long run, whiplash can cause not only substantial amounts of pain, but it can also lead to further damage of the neck joints and weakening of neck muscles. Seeking help to improve your range of motion is exceptionally important after an accident to avoid atrophy the neck muscles could experience.

Here at Progressive Health and Rehab in Gahanna, we can help you with all your chiropractic care and physical therapy needs if you’ve been in a car accident and experienced whiplash. Contact us today to schedule your initial appointment and start on the path of healing.