Most people think that Whiplash injuries are restricted to car accidents but that’s far from the case.
Day to day incidents such as falls and contact during sporting activities can produce what we call low grade whiplash where there may not even be any noticeable symptoms immediately after the incident.
Low impact whiplash is also common in slower speed car accident where once again there is no pain or symptoms right after the accident took place, but then slowly over the coming days or weeks, different types of aches and pains start to manifest themselves.
Typically, the first sign of having a low impact whiplash is some stiffness in the neck.
This may only occur as an occasional pain or ache, but in the days and weeks that follow, and start to trigger headaches, jaw pain, etc.
Basically, the injury is to the neck, but over time can manifest itself into several different symptoms to the joints and muscles located in the neck and head area.
What can compound the effects of the injury even further is stress that is quite common in today’s day to day life style.
In a low impact whiplash scenario, or first course of action is to work on getting as much stiffness and swelling out of the muscles as possible and return them to their normal function which will create more typical or proper neck movement.
After being treated, there is a good chance the injury will properly heal itself and normal function will return.
However, what I find to be the biggest problem with these low impact whiplash injuries is that people brush them off too quickly as an insignificant pain or ache and rely on muscle relaxants or pain killers to deal with any higher levels of discomfort
Unfortunately, the injury that occurs, if left uncorrected, can cause you problems for years even decades in some cases.
It makes a great deal of sense to get treatment as soon after the incident as possible to not only avoid long term pain, but to remove the risk of further damage.
If you are experiencing neck stiffness, headaches, jaw pain, etc., or have been in a car accident, or had a hard fall, I would strongly recommend you to get checked out right away.