Car accident whiplash injury
A car accident whiplash injury is one of the most common injuries after an accident. It usually occurs to a person after a direct impact to the backend of a struck vehicle. This impact causes the body of the victims to lift upward causing the head of the person to extend backwards into hyperextension. It then causes the head to violently whip forward at a high rate of speed into hyperflexion. This is where the term “whiplash” is derived from when describing this form of car accident trauma. Whiplash treatment may be necessary after suffering from a car crash, blows to the back in sports, or from on-the-job injuries.
While symptoms are often felt immediately, in some situations some may not feel pain for days, months, or, in rare cases, even years. In fact, many people wake up with neck pain without being aware of ever having a head or neck injury. The most common symptom of whiplash (affecting 62% to 92% of those injured) is neck pain. It usually begins between two hours and two days after the accident. This is often the result of tightened muscles caused by either muscle tears or excessive movement of joints from ligament damage. The muscles tighten in an effort to splint up and support the head, limiting the excessive movement. Muscle relaxants and pain killers can also relieve some of the discomfort of these muscle spasms, although these medications will only cover up symptoms, failing to address the cause of the problem.
An estimated 66% to 70% of those suffering from whiplash complain of headaches. The pain may be on one side or both, on- again/-off again or constant, in one location or more diffuse. These headaches, like neck pain, are often the result of tightened, tensed muscles trying to keep the head stable and are often felt behind the eyes. While pain radiating down the neck into the shoulder blade area, also may be the result of tense muscles. Muscle tears and nerve pressure to nerves traveling to the upper extremities are often burning, prickling, or tingling pain.
Severe disc damage in the spine may cause sharp pain with certain movements which are relieved in certain positions. The pain and other symptoms from disc injuries placing pressure on the spinal nerves, may cause a “pinched nerve”. This then leads to inflammation, pain, and even impaired function. Pressure on these “pinched nerve” can cause your symptoms to travel away from the spine and upwards to the head. The nerves of the neck travel down the shoulders and extend into the arms, hands, and fingers. This why so many neck problems cause symptoms into the arms and hands. If you experience any of these symptoms, you may have a whiplash injury. And if left untreated, it may cause far more serious problems months or years later.
Accident injury chiropractic and physical therapy
Car accident whiplash injury chiropractors mostly perform traditional manual (“hands-on”) adjustments on patients. Although they may also perform “low force” adjustment techniques, which are performed with highly advanced instrument. These low force adjustments are usually performed after a whiplash injury due to the sensitivity of the neck. Some patients are familiar with these instrument adjustment techniques, which are the “activator”, “pro-adjustor”, or “impulse adjusting”. Although these low-force adjustments are gentle and precise. Experience has shown us that instrument adjusting can be effective when used in combination with manual adjusting. In addition, instrument adjusting is an alternative to manual adjusting. Hence with a combination of other treatment options such as physical therapy and massage therapy. Your chiropractic doctor will be happy to discuss with you which adjusting techniques would be best for your condition.
How a chiropractor can help you:
• Biomechanical and structural derangement of the spine can affect the nervous system
• Therefore any misaligned vertebrae in the spine can not only produce symptoms of pain in the body they can also cause problems to organs
• Chiropractors main focus the correction of these misaligned vertebrae in the spine also known as “subluxations”
• For many conditions, chiropractic treatment can restore and align the spine, not only reducing pressure on the sensitive neurological tissues but also improving the health of our patients
Areas of physical therapy focus mainly on injury management under 5 main categories:
• acute care – assessment and diagnosis of the initial injury;
• treatment – especially relevant is the use of specialist advice and therapies to promote healing;
• rehabilitation – and then progressive management for full return to pre-injury status;
• prevention – identification and address of deficiencies known to directly result in, or act as precursors to injury, such as movement assessment.
• education – therefore sharing of specialist knowledge to individual patients assist in prevention or management of injury.
For whiplash injury therapy in Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach county:
Therefore contact us today to set up an evaluation for your whiplash injury. Our goal at Chiropractic and Rehabilitation of South Florida is to provide our patients with a great experience when they walk through our doors. Therefore quality services are the least we can provide to help patients through the stressful times after a car accident. We also provide transportation to each of our offices to limit any complications. Call today for an evaluation of your car accident whiplash injury at 855-954-2273.