What is Whiplash?

If you’ve been in an accident, had a fall, or suffered a sports injury, the force could have jerked your neck, causing you pain and stiffness. You may have experienced whiplash: a well documented event, with the medical name, Cervical Acceleration Deceleration Syndrome. It’s caused by a sudden and forceful movement that pushes your head and neck beyond its normal range of motion, and can leave you with lasting pain.


The most common cause of whiplash is an Auto accident. When your car is hit suddenly, your neck is wrenched back and forth. The speed of the cars involved in the accident, or the amount of physical damage done to your car, does not always indicate the severity of the neck injury. Scientific studies have proven that speeds as low as 3.4 miles per hour can produce forces large enough to cause neck injury for the driver or passengers. Other common causes can include Work Injuries, falls, contact sport injuries, or even a blow to the head from a falling object.


Whiplash means the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the neck get stretched or torn. In rare cases the bones can even be broken. Symptoms can include:

  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • shoulder or back pain.
  • burning or prickling sensations
  • difficulty chewing or swallowing

At 1st Care, we do a thorough examination, with X-Rays, if necessary, to determine the scope and complexity of your injuries, and then create a treatment plan to alleviate pain and restore normal function as quickly as possible. Even if you received emergency care in the hospital, you may still benefit from our evaluation and treatment expertise. Our team may care for you with medication, gentle mobilization, physical therapy, or by other methods we have used to help thousands of other injured patients. While some minor pains can be cared for at home and go away within days, there are risks associated with neck pain that goes untreated for a sustained period of time. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, call the doctors at 1st Care immediately.


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