Dangers of Untreated Whiplash

Car accidents are a common cause of whiplash injuries. Due to the rush of endorphins, many people think that they are fine after an accident, but later feel the effects. It is advisable to have any injury looked at by a professional. The domino effect of not treating whiplash can have a very real impact on your quality of life. The dangers of letting a whiplash injury go untreated include:

Chronic Pain

Injuries to the neck caused by a sudden movement of the head can result in extremely uncomfortable chronic pain if left untreated. In addition to neck pain, patients who suffer whiplash often complain of severe headaches that, as with tension headaches, are often felt behind the eyes. There is also the risk of chronic shoulder pain as the result of an untreated whiplash injury. If you have experienced whiplash and want to avoid the discomfort of chronic body aches and pains, then visit your chiropractor as soon as possible.

Serious Neck Injury

Because neck and spine injuries tend to increase in severity the longer they go untreated, a whiplash injury can lead to extremely serious and painful neck injuries such as spinal degeneration, nerve compression, and slipped discs. Unfortunately, these symptoms can take years to develop, during which time they become increasingly difficult to treat. To avoid developing a serious neck and spine injury, visit your chiropractor right away following a whiplash injury.

Facts about Whiplash Injuries (Sprains/Strains of the Neck):

  • 50% of whiplash injuries have an associated low back injury, which often doesn’t show up for about 2 months after the car accident
  • In a car accident, the victim’s head and neck average 2.5 times the g force than the car, up to 5 g, depending on the speed of the car at impact.
  • Typically, if you have been injured in a previous car accident and have a second, the level of injury increases, and healing time is longer.
  • Women typically have longer lasting injuries because of the shape of their head, neck and shoulders. With their typically thinner necks, they have less soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, etc.) to support them during the accident.
  • 2/3 of people get out of the car after an accident and don’t have pain. This is due to the endorphins released by the body. Late onset injuries – weeks, months, or years later, are the most common.
  • 40% of people involved in a car accident between 0 and 5 mph are injured.
  • The amount of damage to the car has little relationship to the injury of the people involved.

  • Chris Serafini, DC Can Help With Whiplash Injuries

    Dr. Chris Serafini, chiropractic physician of Valley Spinal Care Kierland feels a strong sense of mission when it comes to chiropractic and wellness. He has seen how the proper application of practices can transform a person’s life, wiping away pain, and building the foundation for true health. If you or someone you know has been in an accident recently, call our office at (480) 443-7678 for more information.


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