Understanding And Resolving The Symptoms Of Whiplash

Firefighters helping an injured woman in a carWhenever people are involved in car accidents, the head is whipped sharply to and fro. This back-and-forth movement places a lot of strain on the neck and on the tendons and muscles that support it. It can also lead to acute joint dysfunction and an inability to turn or rotate the head. Following is everything that you need to know about the symptoms of whiplash and the best methods of care.

One of the most important things to note is that you don’t have to be in a car crash to develop this issue. This injury is also something that can occur as the result of a slip and fall or a major impact event that causes your head to snap back and forth. If you have shoulder soreness and find it tough to turn your head, you should consult with both your regular doctor and a chiropractic doctor right away.

People can also develop headaches and dizziness, particularly when their whiplash is severe. These symptoms are a sign that the vertebrae at the top of the spine are severely misaligned. It also means that the nerves and the brain are having a hard time communicating with one another.

To correct these problems, many traditional doctors simply prescribe pain medication, bed rest and sufficient time for allowing the body to heal itself. This approach is hardly a proactive one, and it rarely produces the most optimal results. Chiropractic doctors, however, use hands-on therapies to alleviate tension and correct the associated alignment issues.

Working with a chiropractor can expedite your relief. It will also introduce you to a range of therapies and all-natural solutions that are unlikely to entail uncomfortable side effects. These professionals will work diligently to resolve the problem right where it starts so that joint dysfunction and pain can be alleviated in a safe, rapid and all-natural fashion.

For more information, contact Hooper-Thurston Elite Chiropractic at 252-237-2166.

4 Phases of Whiplash

Man feeling bad after a car accident injuryWhiplash injuries are a common consequence associated with motor vehicle accidents.  The vast majority of patients going to chiropractors for neck pain treatment suffer from whiplash injury. Whiplash injury can remain unnoticeable for months. A typical whiplash injury inside the car takes place in four phases, and all these steps take place within one-half a second.

Phase 1

This first step is when the car rapidly moves forward from under the passenger. During phase one, the passenger’s mid back presses against the seat. As a result of the sudden change of posture, the passenger’s cervical spine will experience an upward force; this movement will apply a considerable force on the disks and the joints. Concurrently, body’s torso will be pressed forward while the head moves backward. Within a fraction of a second, the neck will experience a tremendous force.

Phase 2

At this stage, torso moves forward reaching the maximum speed (even faster than the vehicle’s motion). At the same time, the head still moves backward. This formation makes an unusual ‘S’ shaped curve in the spine. As a result of this unbearable force, injuries tend to occur on nerves, discs, joints and bones.

Phase 3

Phase three is the step where the torso descends back. Unfortunately, by this moment, the head and neck have achieved their peak forward acceleration while the car slows down. In fact, at this time, the passenger is more likely to reapply the brakes (which were released during the first phase). As a result of this sudden slowing down of the vehicle, the severity of the injury on the neck may increase.

Phase 4

This last phase is recognized to be the most dangerous. At this moment, the passenger’s torso is completely restrained (because of the functionality of the seat belt), but the head is freely moveable. The result of this movement is extremely harmful; the neck bends forward with an immense force causing strains on the muscles and ligaments. Apart from that, it can tear fibers linked to the spinal disc.  Nerve roots and spinal cord are in extreme danger at this moment. Depending on the type of the collision, even a brain injury can take place at this stage.

After a collision, even a mild neck pain shouldn’t be neglected. The best thing to do is to consult a certified chiropractor and get necessary neck pain treatment other than trying DIY methods.

For more information on whiplash treatments, contact Hooper-Thurston Elite Chiropractic at 252-237-2166.