Whiplash occurs in nearly one third of all traffic collision that are rear end accidents. Biomechanics, the study of how mechanical forces affect living organisms, is useful in explaining how even a "minor" rear end collision can result in a serious injury.
Whiplash, also called neck sprain or strain, is injury to the neck. Whiplash symptoms occur following damage to the neck. In whiplash, the intervertebral joints (located between vertebrae), discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots may become damaged.
Whiplash signs and symptoms may occur immediately or minutes to hours after the initial injury. The sooner after the injury that symptoms develop, the greater the chance of serious damage.
Dangers from Whiplash
- Hyperextension of the Head and Neck
- Tearing of the front Muscles and Ligaments of Neck.
- Disc Herniations and fractures are a great concern.
- Concussions / Contusions of the Head
- Pain, Swelling or Tenderness
- Nerve Pain into either Shoulder or Arm
I have Whiplash, Can You Help Me?
You've been rear-ended. Upon impact, your body pushes deeply into your seat. Your head, momentarily isolated by your neck, delays its reaction while your body quickly reaches the limits of your seat.
Then, your body instantly changes directions, moving forward to the limits of your seat belt. Now, your head starts moving backward in the opposite direction! Unrestrained by a seat belt your head is jerked back and then forward beyond its normal limits. Everything seems to be happening in slow motion, yet you are unable to stop your head from whipping backward and then forward.
Don't minimize your own injuries because your car has sustained little or no damage. An immediate chiropractic examination is essential. Pain pills won't heal inflamed tendons and ligaments. Muscle relaxers won't heal torn muscles. A cervical collar won't restore a graceful forward spinal curve.
Specific chiropractic treatment, because they can help restore proper motion and function, can help assure proper healing. Chiropractic doctors can get well and stay well after the trauma of a whiplash injury.
Whiplash can effect the nerves to the arms and hands exit the spine through the injured area of the neck, numbness and tingling are common. Even lower back pain can result directly from the trauma or as a reaction to the loss of health.
Why did my headaches start more than a week after my accident? Whether you've been in an accident, stressed at work or overexerted yourself in the garden, your body is constantly adapting to the environment. When your capacity to adapt is exhausted, symptoms like headaches can appear. This can take days, weeks, months or years to occur.
Will I ever be normal again? Many chiropractic patients report restored spinal function and an end to their symptoms. Those who delay seeking appropriate care often discover that scar tissue and spinal instability require periodic chiropractic checkups.
How can I prevent whiplash injuries?Whiplash is caused by acceleration/deceleration movement. Defensive driving skills keep you out of harms way. Be sure your taillights and turn signals are properly working. Allow enough stopping distance in front of you. When you slow down or stop, always check your rearview mirror to see if the driver behind you is paying attention.
Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash
Muscle tears are often described as burning pain, prickling or tingling. More severe disc damage may cause sharp pain with certain movements, with or without radiation into the arms, hand and fingers, which are relieved by holding your hand over your head. Shoulder pain often described as pain radiating down the back of the neck into the shoulder blade area, may also be the result of tensed muscles.
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Remember, help is near to home. If you are concerned about your health or considering care for a whiplash injury. At MyHealth here in Mississauga you can count on us. We look forward to evaluate your health and offer you the best treatment or alternatives. We are conveniently located in Streetsville and Port Credit Village in Mississauga.
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