WhiplashWhiplash is one of the most common injuries from auto accidents. This happens when impact, either from a front or rear-end collision, throws the head violently in one direction beyond its normal limits, the muscles react to "whip" it back in the opposite direction. The initial symptoms of whiplash may be a sore or stiff neck, perhaps along with a headache within a few hours of the accident. Pain or numbness, or a pins-and-needles tingling in the back, arms, shoulders, and hands may occur. A reduced abilityto turn and bend freely is common. Ringing in the ears, dizziness, hearing loss, or blurred vision have also been reported. Some symptoms may not appear until days or even weeks after the accident. Medical doctors are trained to treat life-threatening emergencies: bleeding, shock, broken bones, damaged organ function, contusions, or abrasions. however they are not trained to recognize the hidden spinal damage leading to vertebral subluxation complex. Only your Doctor of Chiropractic is trained to do this. A "wait and see" approach to dealing with spinal injuries can be dangerous. Most problems are more easily treated within the first month symptoms are noticed. Consult your Doctor of Chiropractic to have a spinal check-up whenever you have suffered a whiplash injury. No matter how minor the accieent, spinal damage should be ruled out to protect your long term health.