Whiplash injuries occur when automobiles collide and the human frame is suddenly forced beyond the normal limits of motion. The mass majority of the time in a rear end or side impact collision, the velocity of the impact forces the neck muscles to violently move forward and backward causing extreme movement of the head and spine. This damaging reflex can introduce an entire host of injuries including severe headaches, long term musculoskeletal problems, and advanced degeneration if not corrected.
Whiplash is the most common problem we face in nonfatal car accidents and injuries. Car wreck whiplash is a major problem due to the fact that it causes severe damage to muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments of the spine and surrounding areas, thus changing the natural healthy curvature of the spine.
Patients involved in motor vehicle accidents should never let the absence of symptoms or pain keep them from having a complete spinal examination. Most with whiplash symptoms can be immediate, however some symptoms are long-term and the delayed symptoms can cause many problems later in life. Car accident doctors’ cannot resolve injuries with medicine alone, spinal rehab is essential for long term correction.
For example, car accidents can cause the misaligned vertebral bodies that can lead to nerve impingement. Pressure on the nerve root simply put can cause a whole host of things, mainly pain. If nerves do become compressed, stretched, or irritated, this biomechanical issue may interfere with nerve transmission and the body can experience pain.
Proper evaluation by a chiropractor includes a thorough physical examination, x-rays of your spine, and if necessary proper treatment. Gentle and highly effective chiropractic care will allow your body to be rehabilitated back to what we consider a pre-clinical or pre-accident status.
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