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5 Signs You May Have Whiplash After a Car Accident

Written By James J. Hether, D.C. on March 18, 2022

man with whiplash injury from an auto accident

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in an auto accident. It generally occurs when there is sudden acceleration or deceleration of the body, forcing the neck backward or forward. For many patients, whiplash leads to long-lasting muscle and tendon pain in the neck. The good news is that whiplash is treatable by chiropractors like James J. Hether, D.C. in DeLand, FL.

Common Signs of Whiplash

  • Dizziness: Trauma to the neck can make patients feel disoriented, confused, and dizzy. 
  • Neck Pain or Stiffness: Whiplash can tense the muscles in your neck, making it difficult to move it in certain positions. This stiffness may last days or weeks depending on the severity of your condition.
  • Frequent Headaches: Pressure on nerves and undue stress on the neck are a significant source of headaches, which is why so many patients with whiplash suffer from headaches.
  • Back Pain: Whiplash can misalign your spine, causing pain in your neck, mid, or low back.
  • Numbness in the Arm or Hand: Since whiplash can affect the function of your nerves, many patients report that their extremities feel numb.

In many cases, signs of whiplash are not evident at first. This is because auto accidents generally release a spike of adrenaline, which can numb your pain response and make it difficult to tell if you are injured. It is important to rest after an injury and monitor yourself for signs of neck pain.

How Chiropractic Care Helps Whiplash Patients

Chiropractors are trained to spot issues with the spine, joints, and tendons. They can gauge the severity of your condition and modify your treatment accordingly. Not every case of whiplash is the same, which is why Dr. Hether doesn’t treat it as such. 

Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, natural way to treat issues like whiplash. We work to relax your neck muscles and realign your spine to promote natural healing. After just a few visits, many patients report that their range of motion increases and that their whiplash pain subsides. Dr. Hether has served Volusia County since 1997, and is ready to treat your whiplash.

Whiplash Treatment In DeLand, FL

Our goal is to help you live a happier, pain-free life. You don’t have to suffer whiplash or other auto injury pain. Do something about it today and contact Dr. James Hether online or at (386) 734-0702.

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