The severity of whiplash isn’t always evident right away.

Sometimes you feel pain right away, and sometimes it can take a while for the pain to make itself known. When you have whiplash, whether it be from a bike crash or a car accident, it is important to be evaluated as soon as possible, even if you don’t feel pain at first. That is because neck strain can lead to a concussion, which can be incredibly serious. The good news it that whiplash can heal on its own with ice, painkillers or a neckbrace. However, there some symptoms to watch our for that indicate the need for treatment. The following is a list from our Chiropractor in Santa Fe of the symptoms that indicate a need for whiplash treatment:

#1. Headaches

A headache that radicates from the area where your spine and skull meet is commonly associated with whiplash, but it is important to pay close attention to your headaches. If your headaches become worse over time, it is important to visit a chiropractor to make sure nothing else is going on.

#2. Neck Stiffness or Pain

Although neck stiffness or pain is common with whiplash, it is still important to get treated, even if your pain is bearable.

#3. Mood or Energy Changes

Chronic pain caused by whiplash can lead to changes in energy or mood, so if you just feel “off” after getting whiplash, it is important to seek treatment.

If you don’t seek treatment, whiplash can lead to reduced mobility and long-term pain. So, even if you don’t have a lot of pain, it is still important to get evaluated by a chiropractor as soon as possible.