What is a Whiplash?

Feb 7, 2013

Whiplash is an injury that is often caused by slip & falls, car accidents and sports related collisions.

Whiplash causes the discs in the spine misalignment and it causes muscular cramping in the neck. With whiplash the discs become misaligned because of a quick jerking action of the neck– like what happens in a car accident. It doesn’t take much speed for whiplash to occur.

There have been cases of whiplash at only 5mph. The neck and the spine are networked by a series of nerves and vertebrae, so the pain caused by whiplash can extend all the way to the lower back. Often times vertebrae in the neck are misaligned and need to be readjusted by a certified chiropractor.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Whiplash often causes pain throughout the entire torso region, and pain can even be felt in the hands and arms. The compressing of nerves in the neck can cause a pins and needles type of tingling in the hands and arms. Lower back pain and headaches are also common, as well as pain the the shoulders and upper back.

Do you have a whiplash?

Is it a whiplash? Whiplash is often not diagnosed after collisions such as car accidents and falls. The transient nature of the spinal cord and the nervous system can send the pain caused by whiplash all over the body, and in some cases whiplash symptoms are grouped with other impact injuries. Doctors often send patients home with Advil for their pain because soft tissue injuries cannot always be diagnosed using X-ray and other standard equipment. AICA’s Chiropractic team has a long history of successfully treating soft tissue injuries. Untreated whiplash can cause chronic pain and even more injuries. Chiropractors offer treatments for whiplash and other impact injuries that will prevent long-term pain and discomfort.

If you have any of the symptoms detailed above, consult with a chiropractor.


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