Whiplash Injury And Treatment: After The Accident

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Whiplash Injury

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What is whiplash?
You are driving to get groceries. Suddenly, you feel an immense thud from behind as you are hit by another car. You have now been in a motor vehicle accident.

When it happens, the shock takes awhile to sink in. About half of the people involved in a car accident will be injured. You may notice symptoms right away or it may take a week or so for all your whiplash injury symptoms to appear.


Neck, Upper And Low Back Pain

Headache, Dizziness, Nausea

Trouble Sleeping, Focusing

What Happens During Whiplash

Injuries happen during a motor vehicle collision because of the unexpected and sudden acceleration and deceleration that happens. When you are first hit, your body and especially your head and neck are suddenly whipped around. Immediately after, your body comes to an abrupt stop because of your seatbelt, headrest, airbag or some other structure in your car, or simply because your head and neck can not stretch any further.

This sudden whipping and stopping of your body structures leads to tears and injuries to your muscles and joints. You may also hit your head causing mild to severe brain injuries, such as a concussion. Bump and bruises are included.

Start Your Recovery From Whiplash

Sometimes, recovering from car accident injuries can be a challenge. We can answer your questions and help you get started.

Contact us to schedule an appointment with any of your North Burnaby chiropractors or physiotherapists who can help you figure out a plan to get your life back on track.

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Factors Affecting Your Whiplash Injury

After the collision, you may feel dazed, confused or disoriented. Some people will feel fine physically at first while others may feel soreness immediately after. How quickly and strongly you notice symptoms depends on many factors including:

  • How serious the motor vehicle accident was
  • Your physical health around the time of the car accident
  • What you were doing at the time of impact (were you looking to the side or straight ahead)
  • Your past history of injuries
  • Your age and gender
  • The safety features in your car (eg. seatbelt, airbags)
  • Your proper use of those features (eg. headrest height, shoulder and lap harness)
  • Whether you realized you were going to be hit or not
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Whiplash Symptoms

Once you have been injured, there are many different possible symptoms you may notice. Some of these are:

  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Lower back pain
  • Headache
  • Dizziness, nausea
  • Jaw pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble focusing
  • Other body aches, pains
  • Trouble with memory
  • Fatigue, lack of energy

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Whiplash Treatment

Fortunately, there are many ways to help you feel better and recover from your car accident injuries. For injuries that do not include bone fracture or brain injury, rest and ice immediately after are helpful in reducing swelling and inflammation in your damaged muscles and joints.

Other whiplash injury treatments include:

  • Joint adjustments or manual therapy from your North Burnaby Heights physiotherapists and car accident chiropractors at Cedar to your spine or joints to help restore normal movement
  • Taping or bracing can be used to support injured areas
  • Exercises help stretch tight areas and strengthen weakened muscles
  • Be sure to follow up regularly with your medical doctor during your recovery
  • Results will of course vary from person to person

As you improve, the exercise or active rehab part of your care may be expanded. This can include things like:

  • Clinical pilates
  • Exercises on an exercise ball
  • Small hand weights
  • Resistance bands
  • Rebuilding your core strength
  • Other rehab exercises

Your exercise rehab program will continue your improvements by strengthening and stabilizing your injured areas. With the proper guidance, you will be able to safely return to doing the things you enjoyed doing before your car accident.

Check out this simple movement to improve back mobility.

Facts About Whiplash

About 50% of people will have no injuries after an auto collision

Of the other 50% who do get injured, about half of those will recover fairly quickly

The remaining 25% will experience chronic symptoms or those lasting more than 3 months

Most whiplash injuries happen to people in relatively slow moving collisions, eg 10-20km/h

Visible damage to your vehicle usually starts in car accidents of 13km/h or faster

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Most people are able to fully recover from their injuries after their auto accident. To help speed up your progress, make sure you get enough rest in the early stages.

Afterwards, the sooner you are able to safely return to your regular activities and with proper treatment, the faster you will be able to get back to feeling as good as you did before your accident.

Patient Story

The clinic was amazing and provided continuous support and care after my car accident. They were amazing in helping me get better. The other staff and receptionist Jenny are very friendly and will make sure you get the care you need!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have whiplash?

If you have been in an accident and are now noticing symptoms such as soreness, stiffness or pain in your neck, shoulder or back you most likely have whiplash. Other symptoms of whiplash can include headache, dizziness, fatigue, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping and anxiety

How long does whiplash last?

If you have whiplash, many patients are able to recover and be back to how you were feeling before your accident within a few days to a few weeks. About 25% of patients will have chronic symptoms as a result of their accident, meaning lasting more than a few months

What treatment can I do for my whiplash?

The first week after your accident it is best to rest and take it easy. Next, some things you can do include using ice / heat, gentle stretches, doing light activities, seeing your family doctor and getting treated by your auto accident chiropractor and physiotherapist

Start Your Recovery From Whiplash

Sometimes, recovering from motor vehicle injuries can be a challenge. We can answer your questions and help you get started.

Contact us to schedule an appointment with any of your North Burnaby chiropractors or physiotherapists who can help you figure out a plan to get your life back on track.

Schedule Now

Click To Phone 604-738-1168

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