Car crashes, collisions, and minor fender benders are the major causes of whiplash. The ill effects of a whiplash injury can occur instantly or it could be weeks, months or longer before symptoms occur. Injuries to the neck caused by a sudden movement (head forward, back, or sideways) is commonly referred to as "whiplash" or "acceleration/deceleration injuries". Literally thousands of pounds of force is exerted upon the neck and spine of the whiplash victim. These forces result in tearing of muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and in turn, can result in a displacement of the vertebrae of the spine (subluxation) which is a dysfunctional joint causing nerve irritation (pinched spinal nerves). The results of such injuries can cause neck pain, shoulder and arm pain or numbness, elbow and hand pain or numbness, mid back pain, headaches, dizziness, and blurred vision. The injured areas lose the ability to function and loss of range of motion (stiffness) occurs. The body attempts of adapt and symptoms can appear anywhere from the instant the injury occurred until weeks or even months later.
Chiropractic care combined with rehabilitation is the most appropriate approach to these types of injuries. Chiropractic care utilizes specific bone manipulations (adjustments) to help normalize spinal function. This is crucial in the beginning phases of healing to bring back proper motion. Rehabilitation is also crucial in allowing the body to heal properly. Active care can allow the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, and tendons) to heal most effectively with minimal scar tissue formation. Rehabilitation and passive care such as ice, hot packs, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, traction, etc. are also utilized to compliment the different phases of the healing process while undergoing both chiropractic care and rehabilitation.
Regardless of fault for the accident, chiropractic care is covered under your automobile insurance.
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