Whiplash is often downplayed as a meaningless injury. While, it's not exactly life-threatening, it is attention-deserving. A common reason for this are myths surrounding this injury. Not only is whiplash a risk even in a minor collision, it can have real consequences on your lifestyle going forward. Learn what myths you should ignore to protect your health.
Seatbelts Mean No Whiplash
If you're wearing a seatbelt, you can't get whiplash, right? This statement couldn't be any further from the truth. Seatbelts can prevent several serious injuries, but unfortunately, whiplash does not fall on this list since it can't protect you from the force that is generated when a vehicle collides. Even when wearing your seatbelt, this force is enough to cause the jerking motion that moves your neck and head in different directions.
Clear X-Rays Mean No Whiplash
After an accident, it's not uncommon for a provider to order x-rays for any area where you are complaining of discomfort. Even if you come back with clear x-rays, this does not mean that you are not suffering from whiplash. Unfortunately, whiplash is one of many injuries that are not necessarily visible through diagnostic testing. However, a provider can analyze your symptoms and a medical examination to diagnose this injury so don't stress over test results.
Rest Is the Ultimate Healer
Due to the low-grade of importance given to this injury, some people believe they can heal themselves with rest. Rest is an intricate part in the overall healing process, but alone, it is not enough for full recovery. An important part of treating this injury is proper manipulation, massage and exercise, all of which should be performed under the care of a professional. Failure to follow this type of treatment plan can lead to stiffness, extended discomfort and headaches.
It's Not Claimable
There is also the idea that whiplash is not an injury you can claim when you've been involved in a motor vehicle accident; however, this is not the case. Whenever you are hit due to the negligent actions of another, any injury you sustain is claimable since you did not cause it. Even if you don't think this is a major injury, it's a good idea to speak with an attorney to determine what type of options you have.
If you have been involved in an accident and believe you may be suffering from whiplash, protecting your health should be your main priority. A chiropractor can help you work towards this goal and restore your health.