The term "whiplash" was first used in 1928 to define an injury mechanism of sudden hyperextension followed by an immediate hyperflexion of the neck that results in damage to the muscles, ligaments and tendons - especially those that support the head and usually after aCar Accident. Today, we know that whiplash injuries frequently do not result from hyperextension or hyperflexion (extension and flexion beyond normal physiological limits), but rather an extremely rapid extension and flexion of the neck that causes injuries and that is frequently seen in high or low speed Car Wrecks.
Due to their complicated nature and profound impact on peoples lives, few topics in health care generate as much controversy as whiplash or auto injuries. Unlike a broken bone where a simple x-ray can validate the presence of the fracture and standards of care can direct a Chiropractor who is specially trained as to the best way in which to handle the injury, a whiplash auto injury involves an unpredictable combination of nervous system, muscles joints and connective tissue disruption that is not simple to diagnose and can be even more of a challenge to treat. In order to help you understand the nature of a whiplash auto injury and how they should be treated, it is necessary to spend a bit of time discussing the mechanics of how whiplash injuries occur. The doctors at 4700 Chiropractic are specially trained in evaluating patients suffering from whiplash and other painful symptoms that could be a result of a car accident.
LET THE DOCTOR KNOW IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN A CAR ACCIDENT, NO MATTER HOW SMALL DAMAGE MAY HAVE OCCURRED!
If you have been involved in a car accident, whiplash injuries need to be taken very seriously. Because symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to manifest, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that you are not as injured as you really are.Too often people don't seek treatment following a car accident because they don't feel hurt. By far, the most common cause of neck pain, back pain, and sciatica is a whiplash injury.
Whiplash is caused by a sudden movement of the head, either backward, forward, or sideways, that results in the damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back.Unfortunately, by the time more serious complications develop, some of the damage from the injury may have become permanent.Numerous studies have shown that years after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, roughly half of them state that they still suffer with symptoms from their injuries. If you have been in a motor vehicle or any other kind of accident, don't assume that you escaped injury if you are not currently in pain. Contact us today!