It only takes a split second for a car to unexpectedly hit you from behind, or to get blindsided by a tackle, or to slip on a rug or on ice. Any sudden blow or impact to your body can cause whiplash injuries.
Your body is pretty tough and most parts can handle a lot of abuse, but your neck is particularly vulnerable to injury from impacts to your body. The weight of your head puts a lot of strain on the neck when you receive a blow to the body. Even the sudden recovery of your balance after slipping on a wet floor or on a rug can throw your head around and strain your neck.
Don’t be fooled by low speed car accidents with little or no damage because they often cause more sever injuries than slightly faster accidents that bend bumpers and crumple the car. You will see why in future blog posts.
The sinister part is that you may not notice symptoms at first. It can take days, weeks, even years in some cases for symptoms to develop. Too often people don’t seek help until more serious complications develop. Even after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, some 45% report they still suffer with symptoms two years later. Outcomes improve and pain relief is the greatest the earlier you seek help.
So don’t wait. If your body has received any sudden impact, play it safe and get a checkup from El Cajon Chiropractor Dr. Adamo.