Whiplash injuries related to car accidents
Car accidents, blows to the back in sports, and on-the-job injuries can easily leave you with a whiplash injury. 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 that react to 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.
Whiplash and Headaches
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 back of the neck into the shoulder blade area, also may be the result of tense muscles. Muscle tears often are described as burning, prickling, or tingling pain. More severe disc damage may cause sharp pain with certain movements which are relieved in certain positions.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you may have a whiplash injury that, if left untreated, can cause far more serious problems months or years later. Therefore contact us today to schedule an evaluation for your whiplash injury.
Studies on whiplash injuries
The Quebec Automobile Insurance Society recently released an exhaustive study of more than 10,382 articles on neck injuries. They came to the conclusion that most interventions for whiplash injury were proven, including soft cervical collars and corticosteroid injections. Yet they recommended spinal manipulation as being clearly effective. So if you suspect you have a these injuries or have automobile accident pain, let us help guide you back to the road of health. Our office is ready to help guide you through the red tape so that you can focus on getting better.
Stephen M. Foreman and Arthur C. Croft, Whiplash Injuries: The Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome, 1988 Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, Ibid, p. 287 Ibid, p. 289.
Quebec Task Force Rewrites Whiplash Protocols, June 5, 1995, Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol. 13, No. 12, p. 28
Treatment for whiplash pain in Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach county:
Our goal at Chiropractic and Rehabilitation of South Florida is to provide our patients with an exceptional experience when they walk through our doors. Quality services are the least we can provide to help patients through the stressful times after a car accident. In addition we provide transportation to each of our offices for any auto accident complications. Call our office for a medical evaluation today at 855-954-2273.