Whiplash is a term used to describe the unexpected and rapid movement backwards and forwards of the skull. Whiplash injuries are a nightmare. These injuries are very common in rear-end collision or other types of motor vehicle accidents. Often patients go to the emergency room following an accident. After life threatening conditions have been eliminated the patient is sent home. What is not addressed in the emergency room is painful soft tissue injury caused by the whiplash. This oversight can leave a person with nagging or even permanent symptoms.
Some of the more common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Disc Herniation
These conditions lead to a number of other problems including Sleep Disturbance and Anxiety. In fact, according to recent statistics, 40% of all people with chronic neck pain can trace the originally cause of the problem to a previous whiplash injury.
Let’s break down the bio-mechanical mechanism of a whiplash injury
- Affects the ligamentous attachment that connect the bones to one another.
- This creates hyper-mobility (too much movement.)
- Excessive movement leads to joint dysfunction and often leads to compression of the nerves.
- This is what causes the pain and results in premature degeneration of the spine. This can happen in both low and high impact collision.
Symptoms can seem mild at first because of the adrenaline but often get worse over days, weeks, months and even years. I have personally seen cases where the patient had a severe problem following an accident but had little pain. It is important to always get checked following any type of automobile accident. Although, it is typical for a patient to be more concerned about their car and/or calling in sick to work. But don’t let this be you. GET CHECKED TODAY!
What does Creekside Chiropractic do for whiplash?
For starters, everything we do is based on evidence. We perform a detailed exam and create a plan that is specific for you. We correct abnormal curvature, posture, and treat the soft tissue injury. Getting you back to pre-injury status is our top priority. Our goal is a non-invasive approach to health and wellness. Multiple studies have shown that chiropractic care is one of the best methods for correcting whiplash injuries. We can help you every step of the way. Our state of the art facility is well-appointed to treating whiplash with an onsite massage therapist, x-ray, neuromuscular re-education, and non-surgical decompression. These tools allow us to accelerate your healing process and get you out of pain quicker. We look forward to meeting you!