Beyond Neck Pain: How Whiplash Affects Your Whole Body

If you’ve ever been in an auto accident, there’s a good chance you’ve suffered whiplash to some degree. Even a minor fender bender where the airbags don’t deploy is enough to cause rapid extension of the neck, resulting in whiplash. And while your neck stiffness and soreness may fade in a few days’ time, there’s a lot more you can and should be worried about.

Whiplash may have localized pain symptoms in the neck, shoulders, or head, but its effects spread far beyond these areas. Pain, illness, or debilitating conditions affecting the entire body can arise days, weeks, months, or even years down the road, all with roots that trace back to a simple case of whiplash.

At Blakely Chiropractic, we’ve seen just how prolific whiplash can be. We see hundreds of San Diego patients each year who are dealing with whiplash, as well as those who have brushed off the condition and are now dealing with long-term problems. We’re here to nip whiplash in the bud, so you can truly move past your auto accident.

Pain charts the path of whiplash problems

Because whiplash primarily affects the cervical spine, the number of additional problems that can arise from even a simple case are nearly infinite. The vertebrae in this portion of the spine are smaller and more prone to slipping or shifting, making subluxations a major concern. In addition, most major nerves run through your cervical spine. These nerves can become pinched or compressed quite easily. Finally, the neck is home to soft tissue that’s susceptible to hyperextension, bringing with it a completely new set of problems.

The common denominator in any whiplash-induced injury is pain. Recognizing this pain is important to understanding how other problems form. Following the pain is exactly what chiropractors do when assessing the scope of your whiplash condition. In addition to radiological imaging called for by the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach, the extent of whiplash can be used to help identify future problem points across the whole body.

Nerves affect everything
Whiplash is a massively-jarring motion that can easily misalign your spine. As a result, vertebrae are likely to move out of place, causing nerves to be compressed or pinched. Herein lies the primary concern of untreated whiplash.

A pinched nerve in the spine may give you terrible headaches. Or, it could result in chronic heartburn. It might even lead to numbness in your foot. It’s truly staggering how so many problems in the body can stem from nerve impediments! Addressing stressed nerves after an accident is priority number one for preventing ongoing ailments from developing.

Secondary problems from trauma
Even if you’re free and clear of nerve compression, the spinal trauma from whiplash alone is enough to cause ongoing problems of all types. Take, for example, chronic pain. Chronic neck pain may make it difficult to fall asleep or get restful sleep. A lack of good sleep can result in fogginess during the day, problems thinking correctly, or even depression. This results in lethargy and numerous expounding problems. It’s easy to see just how fast problems can snowball.

Take care of whiplash once and for all
Whiplash isn’t something to be candid about. Even if you’re fortunate enough to talk away from an accident unscathed, with minor pain that dissipates in days, you’re still at the mercy of unanticipated problems in the future. To truly resolve whiplash, you’ll need to take a steadfast approach to spinal maintenance without delay.

Blakely Chiropractic has seen the long-term effects whiplash can have on the whole body, even beyond the neck, spine, and upper back. We use gentle techniques so patients see what catalysts to long-term ailments may be lurking post-accident.

If you’ve recently been involved in an accident, no matter how small, contact us today for a free consultation.

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