Can Whiplash Cause Nausea?
If you’ve been in a recent auto accident, you may be wondering to yourself, “Can whiplash cause nausea”? Especially if you’ve been experiencing some unexplained symptoms like that yourself. The answer is a definite yes. You may also experience other whiplash symptoms, such as dizziness and headaches.
When the body comes to a sudden, wrenching stop, it can strain neck muscles and even throw vertebrae out of alignment. That can lead to any or all of the symptoms mentioned above. Whiplash symptoms can be so severe that they completely dominate your life and throw everything out of kilter.
There is a whole catalog of symptoms that a victim might experience following an auto accident that imparted a whiplash condition. Here are some of the side effects which many people have experienced post-accident:
- shoulder pain
- blurry or obscured vision
- pain in one or both arms
- difficulty swallowing
- difficulty sleeping at night.
How whiplash causes nausea
Many studies conducted show whiplash can trigger several symptoms beyond simple neck pain. Some include dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, and sometimes very severe headaches. Unless you had any or all of these symptoms before an accident you were involved with, it’s reasonable to assume that whiplash is the root cause of your issues afterward.
Vertigo and dizziness will affect somewhere between 25% and 50% of all whiplash victims. Nausea is not one of the symptoms commonly associated with whiplash. Whiplash can cause nausea by blocking circulation, thereby affecting the inner ear and the head as a whole. This lack of circulation is also what causes dizzy spells and headaches.
Headaches can be particularly troubling when a victim attempts to move their head, especially when they look up. Shoulder pain is frequently associated with headaches. Pain associated with either one can be increased just by touching the muscles on the shoulder or neck. If whiplash symptoms are not treated promptly, it can result in chronic headaches that are persistently triggered by unresolved neck issues. Anyone experiencing whiplash should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Treatment for whiplash
Given that untreated whiplash symptoms can develop into a chronic condition that gets worse and worse, a whiplash victim must seek treatment for the injury. Chiropractic care is one of the best treatments for whiplash because the chiropractor will determine what is hurt or damaged.
When the source of any pain has been identified, that will be the precise area treated by chiropractic care. This form of treatment is non-invasive, does not involve surgeries, and requires no medication or painkillers. Gentle manipulation of the spine, or massage, or traction may be able to ease any discomfort you may be experiencing as a result of whiplash.
If you were involved in a car accident and are now suffering from nausea, you may be experiencing whiplash. Give us a call @ (608) 402-6005 or fill out our online form for a FREE initial consultation.