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Posted on 11-11-2014
While the increased use of airbags and seat belts have reduced overall rates of injury due to motor vehicle accidents, rates of whiplash remain high. Whiplash occurs when your head whips forward and quickly back as a result of a vehicle collision, usually from the rear. This rapid movement of the head traumatizes the soft tissues of the neck and causes vertebral subluxations, a phenomenon known as whiplash. Our chiropractors at Genesis Rehabilitation & Sports Injury Clinic can relieve whiplash pain and restore cervical function.
Many patients who come into Genesis Rehabilitation & Sports Injury Clinic after a motor vehicle accident complain of pain, stiffness and limited motion in the neck -- a classic symptom of whiplash. But whiplash causes other symptoms, too. These include referred pain, mostly in the face and jaw, headaches, arm or shoulder pain, tingling or burning sensations known as parasthesias, dizziness, tinnitus and even vision problems. Some whiplash patients may complain of psychological symptoms like irritability, anxiety, trouble concentrating, memory problems, depression, fatigue or trouble sleeping.
Chiropractic adjustments can help relieve pressure on impinged nerves in the cervical spine, gently re-orient herniated discs back into their appropriate positions, and promote healing of the soft tissues. Many patients experience relief of symptoms beginning with their first session, although several sessions may be necessary for complete healing.
You do not need to be hit hard in order to suffer whiplash. A whiplash injury can occur at speeds as low as five miles per hour, even if you are wearing a seat belt. Whiplash symptoms may not always appear immediately following an accident. Sometimes these symptoms may take days to appear. Further damage to the spine and soft tissues of the neck can occur in between the accident and the appearance of symptoms. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, see one of our chiropractors right away for an evaluation and treatment plan, if necessary.
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