What is Whiplash?
Very simply, whiplash occurs when the head and neck are thrown quickly in one direction and return in an opposite direction. The head is “whipped” around on the neck causing damage to vertebrae, ligaments, muscles and nerves in the neck and even the brain.
Whiplash may not show up in an examination or initial x-rays. Soft tissue that has been damaged (that is, everything except bones) is not easily detected by most medical personnel. That’s why, though you may initially receive a clean bill of health from your Emergency Room visit following an injury, signs indicating whiplash may still crop up weeks, months or years later.
Unlike a broken bone, which mends rather quickly, soft tissue heals by bleeding and forming scar tissue around the damaged area. This process takes a great deal longer to repair than bone. As time goes on, excessive stress may be placed upon the scarred tissue area. The resulting inflammation and accompanying pain are signs of a whiplash injury.
Getting immediate care following a whiplash injury is critical. We, at Wip-lash Injury Care Center, have had extensive training to identify neck and back soft tissue damage. However, in addition to correction of structural injuries, you should also see your family physician who may want to prescribe anti-inflammatory and pain medication to help you through the acute stage of healing. If left untreated, excessive scar tissue can lead to serious complications.
What are the Causes?
Generally, one associates a whiplash injury with a vehicular accident. However, whiplash can also occur during a fall or a sudden blow to the head or neck.
It’s important to keep this in mind: never underestimate the impact of any sudden injury upon the head and neck area – regardless of how minor you believe the accident to be or how well you feel following the incident.
For example, in a low-impact vehicular collision, the unrestrained head can experience up to 2-1/2 times more force than the car. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, the degree of permanent damage expected following this type of accident is between 41 and 50 percent. Such injuries take 6 to 12 months or longer to heal.
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The potential for long-term consequences is far greater in a soft tissue injury than in broken bones. Damage due to whiplash – a soft tissue injury – may not heal properly without appropriate treatment. In fact, studies show that incidence of disc degeneration and arthritis in the lower cervical spine is significantly greater for those who have suffered a whiplash injury.
Many individuals do not realize the extent of their injuries following an accident. Some injuries are so obscure that unless you are examined by a doctor specifically trained to recognize structural damage, you may not even know you have been injured.
Seatbelts May Save Your Life – But You Can Still Sustain Injuries
While seatbelts help to keep your body in place upon vehicular impact, your head and neck are not restrained leaving these areas free to propel back and forth as well as side to side.
Remember, the head and neck can receive up to 2-1/2 times the gravitational force that the vehicle does. This extreme force can cause whiplash injuries to the neck, head and brain. Furthermore, the impact of your body against the seat belt can produce injuries to the mid and lower back as well.
(Note: airbags deployed at 200 plus mph without seatbelts can cause even more serious injuries so always wear your seatbelt!)
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FACTS ABOUT WHIPLASH
Myth: Greater vehicle damage = greater occupant injury
Fact: There is no correlation between vehicle damage and resulting injuries.
Myth: Low speed rear impact crashes don’t cause injuries.
Fact: Most injuries occur at crash speeds between 6 and 12 mph.
Myth: Injuries heal in 6 - 12 weeks.
Fact: Injuries may take 6 - 12 months or longer to fully heal.
Sadly, many individuals endure a lifetime of pain and suffering because they have not received the proper care following a whiplash injury. The reasons vary from lack of information to improper diagnosis.
No one should have to “learn to live with” continual pain and suffering from a whiplash injury. We will find the cause. If we can help, we will tell you. If not, we will make the appropriate referral for you.
COMMON SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE:
Neck Pain 92%
• Headache 57%
• Fatigue 56%
• Shoulder Pain 49%
• Anxiety 44%
• Interscapular Pain 42%
• Low Back Pain 39%
• Sleep Disturbance 39%
• Upper Limb Paresthesia 30%
• Sensitivity to Noise 29%
• Impaired Concentration 26%
• Blurred Vision 21%
• Irritability 21%
• Dysphagia 16%
• Dizziness 15%
• Forgetfulness 15%
• Upper Limb Pain 15%
• Upper Limb Weakness 15%
THE TRUTH ABOUT WHIPLASH INJURIES
In an active society such as ours, accidents – specifically whiplash injuries – are more commonplace.
As practicing Chiropractic Physicians for more than 80 years combined, we have seen many people who have experienced severe pain and discomfort that is often due to whiplash injuries.
Again, no one should have to live with continual pain and suffering, If you have been evaluated and/or treated by a health professional and you are still hurting, there is a possibility that an underlying injury resulting from whiplash has been overlooked.
If you continue to let this injury go untreated, you can risk causing serious, long term damage to your body.
Call Wip-lash Injury Care now at: 1-844-WIP-LASH (947-5274)
Dialing these numbers can get you started toward a pain-free life. You deserve to see if your pain can be treated with our advanced methods. We have helped thousands who thought there was no solution for their pain. Don’t wait any longer to get affordable, convenient back and neck pain relief. “You don’t have to live with the pain.”