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Whiplash is most commonly received while riding in a car that is struck from the front, back or side. It also occurs from sports injuries, slips or falls or unexpected, rapid motions of the neck. While the head is suddenly jerked either forward and back, back and forward or side to side, the muscles, the ligaments and other soft tissues supporting the spine and head can be overstretched or torn. THe soft pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion. The spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck can get stretched and irritated.
The resulting instability of the spine and soft tissues can result in headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulder, arms and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and even low back problems. As the body atempts to adapt, symptoms may not appear for weeks or even months.
The chiropractic approach to these types of injuries is to use specific chiropractic adjustments to help return normal spinal function. After a thorough case history and examination, the doctor will recommend a series of visits to help restore proper motion and position of the spinal bones. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue can often be minimized.Consult a doctor of chiropractic before enduring constant headaches, becoming dependent upon addictive pain medications, or submitting to needless surgery.
Before, During and After a Whiplash Accident
Drive A Safe Car: Small cars put you at greater risk, so, before you buy your next car, note the vehicle size and weight. Also take note of the restraint systems including the seatbelts, airbags, and head restraints.
Adjust Head Restraints: Research shows that having no head restraint is safer than having one in the low position, which is where 80% of cars currently have them positioned. In addition, restraints are commonly designed to fit the average sized person so they may not work well for very tall or short people. If this is a problem fo you, consider add-on head restraints.
Prepare for Crash: If you have time to prepare for impact:Put your head and neck all the way back so that you're in contact with the seat back.
Do What The Doctor Orders: Ice your neck or low back, drink more water, good nutrition, soft collars for support if needed the first few days, adjusted work stations, tissue work in the early stages; do whatever the doctor prescribes to prevent injuries from becoming chronic.
Your chiropractor can effectively evaluate all the tissues at risk in a whiplash type of injury including: bones, nerves, muscle tendons, ligaments, discs, blood supply and lymph supply
Patients who begin treatment thirty days or more after an accident can take up to three times longer to fully recover from a whiplash injury than those who begin treatment immediately.
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