Chiropractic for Whiplash
Whiplash occurs as a result of an extreme flexion/extension traumatic event causes the head and neck to swing forward and backward in a whip-like fashion. This is a common injury in auto accidents. This motion cause significant harm to the bones, ligaments, intervertebral discs, nerves and muscles of the neck and upper back. These tissues get stretched and damaged at even very low impact collisions and can create long-term effects that may not be noticeable immediately.
Whiplash symptoms may be delayed from 2 up to 24 hours after the initial trauma. This is because the body has a natural defense mechanism to traumatic events and releases a hormone known as Adrenaline. This hormone will allow your body to ignore the pain until the Adrenaline wears off. Symptoms may include:
– Neck pain and stiffness
– Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
– Low back pain
– Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand
– Difficulty concentrating or remembering
– Irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue
Although Whiplash is a injury often associated with automotive accidents, it may also occur with sports such as football or boxing. This can be a very serious injury and you should get yourself checked out after an accident, even if you feel no initial pain.
After trauma, the neck can be very sensitive and should be treated carefully. The main goal will be to restore the stability to the region and reduce symptoms to pre-trauma levels. Healing and strengthening stabilizing muscles of the cervical spine will be done through rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Adjustments of the region will not happen until the region is determined to be stable.