5 Essentials for Whiplash Injuries


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5 Essentials for Whiplash Injuries

5 Things You Need to Know About Whiplash Injuries



  • Do NOT ignore symptoms

Most people involved in a motor vehicle accident have immediate pain, but some do not.  Symptom onset can be hours, days, even weeks after the accident.  It’s imperative that you seek immediate chiropractic care as soon as you have symptoms.  Studies show that the longer you wait, the longer it may take to help you.  The longer pain persists, the lower the odds for resolution, especially if the pain has lasted for more than six months.  


  • Pain is not the only symptom

Neck and/or shoulder pain is the most common area affected after a whiplash injury, but look for other symptoms such as: headache, numbness/tingling in the arms, nausea, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, poor concentration, jaw pain, blurred vision, ringing in the ears.  Many of these symptoms may not present for days, weeks, or months after your accident.


  • Rest = Rust

When we get injured, we instinctively want to rest the injured area because we are afraid that any activity will make the pain worse. After just a few days of rest, both your injured AND healthy muscles can become stiff and weak, which can prolong the healing process.  Most studies show that returning to normal activity as soon as possible results in faster healing and quicker pain resolution. The longer you remain inactive, the greater the chance for chronic pain to develop. 


  • Not “just” a fender bender

It doesn’t take a lot of force to cause injury to the spine, especially the neck.  If fact, speeds of only 5-10 mph can generate significant G-forces to cause injury to the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligament, and discs) in the neck.  Certain factors, such as vehicle size/weight, speed differential, head restraint location, seat failure, seat back angle, and seat back height can influence the amount of injury.  Just because your car isn’t injured, it doesn’t mean that you’re not.  Get checked ASAP after an accident.


  • X-ray can prove soft tissue injury

X-rays are usually used to rule out fracture or other rare bone pathologies, and as a result they are often read as normal by medical radiologists.  They typically don’t report on the subtle findings found on the x-ray that may support the presence of a soft tissue injury.  As a trauma trained chiropractor I usually take “stress views” which include a flexion and extension views after the initial pain symptoms improve.  These views can yield a much better view of well the ligaments (soft tissue) are hold the vertebra together.   



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