Whiplash & Chiropractic Care
Whiplash is a particular type of injury caused when your neck is rapidly and unexpectedly moved beyond its normal motion one way then in the opposite direction. This is most commonly in the forward and backward direction. Can be caused by car accidents in particular rear end collisions, knocks, falls or slips.
For example a whiplash incident occurs in a rear end collision your neck extends backward while the car is thrown forwards then once it is impacted forces the head to flex forward beyond its normal motion. This movement causes muscles, ligaments, nerves, discs, spinal cord to be stretched, torn and irritated.
Common symptoms from whiplash are pain in neck, decreased neck movement, neck stiffness/tightness, referral of pain into shoulders and arms, tingling/numbness in arms and fingers, dizziness/headaches/blurred vision.
Treatment consists of determining the severity of damage to the neck structure via thorough history and physical examination. Imaging such as X-ray, CT or MRI may also be required. Treatment is aimed at reducing pain, inflammation, then stabilizing the neck and followed by restoration of function. This is achieved through chiropractic adjustments, mobilizations combined with at home exercises, stretches and lifestyle modifications.
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