[img]/images/user/96258_6595359466133326870.png[/img] [url=https://www.driverknowledge.com/car-accident-statistics/]6 million car accidents[/url] take place in the United States every year. While car accidents themselves are troubling, the aftermath for many is even worse.
Issues like psychological trauma, broken bones and more can plague drivers post-accidents for years if not longer.
Among the most common negative health occurrences that car accidents can bring about is something called "whiplash".
Whiplash describes when, after an impact, your neck is viciously jolted backward and then forwards again.
Many people who experience whiplash don't notice it immediately because of the adrenaline they have when an accident occurs. A few days later though, its effects become apparent and can last for a long time after that.
In this article, we touch on a few of the most common long term effects of whiplash.
[b]1. Chronic Pain[/b]
The most immediate effect that you'll notice from whiplash is neck pain. After all, your upper spine is a sensitive area and when it's jolted in an accident, bone bruising, muscle damage and other soft tissue issues are very plausible.
For many people that experience pain after whiplash, rest, Advil and time will heal most wounds. For others, pain turns into one of the most harrowing long term effects of whiplash that can take years of physical therapy to cope with.
If you're experiencing chronic pain after an accident, it's important that you work with a physician to identify any serious damage and develop a treatment plan.
[b]2. Limited Range of Motion[/b]
After experiencing severe whiplash, if tissue damage occurs in your neck area, scar tissue will form. Given that scar tissue lacks the elasticity that standard tissue affords, your neck's range of motion can be permanently limited.
To avoid permanent loss of your motor range, work with a psychical therapist as soon as possible to adequately stretch and exercise your neck area.
Performing proper neck exercises while your neck is healing can help reduce rigidity in scar tissue.
[b]3. Migraine Headaches[/b]
One of the most troubling yet prevalent long term effects of whiplash is severe headaches.
Even if you don't endure head trauma during your accident, tissue damage where your neck meets the base of your skull can bring about a throbbing pain which might evolve into full-on chronic headaches.
Whiplash induced headaches are most commonly identified when sufferers try to sit up and hold their straight for an elongated period of time.
Inflammation-reducing medication can help to mediate some of this symptom's severity. Physical therapy will be required to start to bring about long-term improvements though.
Muscles damaged in accidents are often never as strong as they were prior to experiencing trauma. This truth is particularly visible in neck injuries.
You may not realize it but your neck muscles are constantly working to keep your head upright. Your neck muscles have gotten so good at that job that they rarely ever tire.
After being damaged though, muscle exhaustion is more likely and can make it difficult to hold your head upright for extended periods of time. This may lead to you needing to use special neck braces or other supports in order to go about your daily activities.
Again, physical therapy can be instrumental in helping your muscles regain their strength.
[b]5. Back Disorders[/b]
If you're like the hundreds of millions of people that experience back pain issues, [url=https://www.elitespinehouston.com/uncategorized/5-common-types-of-car-accident-injuries/]car accident injuries[/url] like whiplash will almost certainly exacerbate your existing problems.
This is especially true if your back problems have been relegated to your upper back region.
Your neck all the way down to your upper back is interconnected by a number of muscles that rely on one another. When one of those muscles fails, many of your interconnected parts will also experience difficulty.
That fact is why so many people report limited shoulder mobility and back soreness as long term effects of whiplash. Some whiplash victims even cite arm tingling and chronic bicep soreness as a post-trauma occurrence.
[b]6. Blurry Spells[/b]
While not as common as some of the other long term effects of whiplash, blurry spells in one's vision is another whiplash symptom that has been noted.
Often times, blurred vision is brought on by issues like migraine headaches. In some cases however, even without headaches, whiplash victims have had trouble seeing clearly consistently due to damage being caused to their optical lobe which is in the back of the head.
Rounding out our long term effects of whiplash list is insomnia. While not specifically caused by whiplash, the various symptoms that we've discussed thus far that whiplash directly induce can culminate together to cause sleep issues.
When sufferers find themselves unable to sleep, problems like muscle soreness and headaches can worsen which effectively fuels a vicious cycle of discomfort.
Your doctor can prescribe medication to help you sleep better if you're finding that exhaustion is becoming a pervasive problem.
[b]Our Final Thoughts on the Long Term Effects of Whiplash[/b]
The long term effects of whiplash can be worse than the accident that actually brought about your whiplash in the first place. We hope that our post has given you the perspective you need to know what to expect going forward and to have more meaningful discussions with your healthcare provider.
Remember, even though you may be in discomfort today, you shouldn't lose hope. With a positive attitude and the help of a qualified medical team, you'll be able to meet your health goals in due time and continue to live your best life.
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