When most people hear the term whiplash they think of an injury received in a car accident. Whiplash most commonly occurs when the automobile is struck from behind, or else the car comes to a sudden stop. That is not the only time you may suffer a whiplash. Whiplash injuries can occur when someone trips or slips and falls and the skull hits the ground creating the same motion as being struck in a car. Sports are also a source of whiplash injuries and should be addressed whenever a head injury occurs.
The whiplash injury causes the head to snap back and the forth, and this in turn cause the spine to travel beyond its normal limits. The muscles and ligaments supporting the spine and may then become torn, and the spinal discs may bulge, tear, herniate or rupture. The nerve roots in the neck can get traumatized and irritated. The force causing the injury can be slight but the victim may nevertheless have suffered extensive damage. Left untreated, the formation of scar tissue can leave the victim with impaired bodily function for life.
The consequence of this damage, besides the pain, are: low back pain, dizziness, blurred vision, shoulder, arm, and hands pain, as well as headaches. The victim will have reduced ability to turn and bend.
The chiropractic approach is to use specific chiropractic adjustments to help return spinal function. After a thorough case history and examination, the doctor will recommend diagnostic tests and a series of visits to help restore proper motion and position of spinal regions. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue can often be minimized.
If you think you may have suffered whiplash, call our office to make an appointment for a free consultation. Dr. Joe has been examining, diagnosing and treating Whiplash injuries for over 30 years. Visit our website at DrJoeAngelini.com.