At Core Chiropractic + Wellness in Bakersfield, we work with clients who suffer from whiplash on a regular basis. While everyone has a general understanding of what whiplash is, there is quite a bit more to whiplash than people originally think! In today’s blog at Core Chiropractic + Wellness in Bakersfield, we talk about other questions you may have about the personal injury of whiplash, like if it goes away on its own, how does it happen, and much more! 

Does it Go Away on Its Own?

So you’ve sustained a whiplash personal injury from a car accident — what now? Like most things in life, the answer depends. If you have had a fairly major accident and have severe whiplash, symptoms will definitely not go away on their own. You may need strong painkillers, muscle relaxers, and regular chiropractic care throughout your recovery process in order to help you heal as quickly and effectively as possible. If you don’t seek medical attention, the pain will likely worsen to the point of becoming unbearable and your recovery will be excruciatingly slow and may not happen at all without help. 

But what if I just have mild whiplash? For those with minor whiplash, it’s possible that symptoms may go away on their own over time. But even people with minor whiplash can benefit from seeing a chiropractor.

How Does Whiplash Happen?

Whiplash can in any number of ways. However, whiplash most commonly occurs in personal injury cases where you are involved in a rear-end collision. The force from the car hitting yours from behind launches your head backward into your seat and then launches it forward from your vehicle suddenly stopping via brakes or another car. Just as a whip cracks from violently moving one direction then the other, whiplash happens when your head is aggressively thrown backward then forward. 

While whiplash is most common in personal injury situations, it can happen in other situations as well. Shaken Baby Syndrome is considered a form of whiplash. When you are struck hard in the head in a fight you can get whiplash. And in full-contact sports, you can be hit hard enough to experience whiplash. Any situation where your head is thrust back and forth can cause whiplash! 

Looking for pain relief from your personal injury? Contact Core Chiropractic + Wellness in Bakersfield for our whiplash chiropractic services. 

What Exactly is Whiplash?

We touched on it briefly earlier, but whiplash is a common form of personal injury common with rear-end collisions. It is a neck injury that occurs “due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip.” The most common symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain
  • Stiff neck
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Shoulder pain
  • Numbness in the arms or hands
  • And more

If you are unsure if you have whiplash, don’t hesitate to contact one of our professional personal injury chiropractors here at Core Chiropractic + Wellness in Bakersfield.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

Professional chiropractors have extensive training to help treat a variety of conditions. Chiropractors specialize in spinal manipulation, correction, and using creative techniques to relax tight muscles. Whiplash can often be treated by realigning your spine and neck through chiropractic techniques. Additionally, neck pain, headaches, and other headaches caused by personal injury can be lessened and even completely negated in some cases. This is because stiff muscles are often to blame for pain after personal injury. Chiropractors employ different techniques and methods to help relax stiff muscles and realign your spine. After you’ve sustained whiplash or any other personal injury, don’t just grin and bear it! Reach out to our team at Core Chiropractic + Wellness in Bakersfield. We can often help you heal at no cost to you.