Beyond Car Accidents: Other Things that Can Cause a Whiplash Injury

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Have you been experiencing stiffness or tenderness in your neck since you had a whiplash injury? Are you afraid that your whiplash from several weeks ago will eventually lead to worse problems like headaches, vertigo, and chronic fatigue? Is working on ordinary tasks more challenging each day because of your upper neck pain?

Quite a number of people who come in for Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustments can relate to your situation. That’s because whiplash injuries are common. And they can stem from a myriad of things besides car collisions. In this article, we will help you learn more about these incidents so you can determine whether you need to consider seeking a Cervical Chiropractic physician.


Potential Causes of Whiplash Pain: Looking Beyond Car Accidents

Whiplash injuries happen due to forceful or rapid back-and-forth movements of the head and neck. Notably, many people associate it with car accidents because of the jerking motion created by seatbelts. However, studies note that there are many other potential causes of whiplash. Most of these get overlooked because they don’t cause visible or open-cut wounds. Learn more about these events and how they can lead to chronic health concerns beyond neck pain.

Amusement Park Rides

Unknown to a lot of people, bump cars, rollercoasters, and other amusement park rides can cause the head to jerk rapidly, putting the neck at risk for whiplash injuries. These can also aggravate pre-existing conditions like disc herniation.

Physical Abuse

Another overlooked cause of whiplash is physical abuse. Sudden and intense blows to the head or neck can lead to severe neck and head injuries that can compromise your posture and Upper Cervical spine alignment. 

Sports-related Injuries

Are you a professional athlete or a weekend warrior who loves contact sports like football and basketball? Have you tried hurting your neck during an intense training session? 

Chances are, you had a whiplash injury before but decided to shrug off your situation because you thought it was only a simple muscle strain. This is until the condition worsens and the pain you experience fails to improve, even after applying topical analgesics, taking pain relievers, or trying other neck pain remedies.

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Resolve Your Upper Neck Pain And Other Whiplash Symptoms Starting Today

Now that you’re aware of the other potential triggers of whiplash, we hope that you choose to seek help the next time you spot symptoms like neck stiffness, trouble concentrating, dizziness, and fatigue. Don’t hesitate to work with an Upper Cervical doctor so you can have your C1 and C2 bones assessed with physical tests and advanced imaging scans. After all, it’s possible that your whiplash can eventually lead to worse health concerns like chronic migraines, fibromyalgia, or sciatica. 

Notably, whiplash can cause connective tissue damage that puts your uppermost neck bones at risk of subluxation or shifting away from the spine's central axis. This puts immense pressure on your spinal column and nervous system. It can also compromise your posture, causing your head to tilt and your shoulders and hips to become unlevelled.

Prevent these issues from happening and wreaking havoc on your life. See an Upper Cervical doctor so you don’t end up with crippling upper neck pain and other symptoms. Schedule your appointment with a nearby practice today!


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