SPECIALIZING IN WHIPLASH TREATMENT
WHIPLASH USUALLY HAPPENS WHEN AN AUTO IS REAR ENDED
WHAT IS WHIPLASH?
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries from a car accident. When a car is hit from the back, then people in the front of the car may experience a rapid backward-forward movement in their head and neck. While the process of the injury is often called CAD “Cervical acceleration-deceleration”, the term WAD “whiplash associated disorders” describes the actual injury condition and symptoms. The rapid movements injure the vertebrate, neck and back muscles, ligaments and the brain.
MINIMAL FORCE CAN CAUSE WHIPLASH
Accidents as slow as 5 to 10 mph can result in whiplash and 1/3 of people get symptoms at speeds of just 2.5 mph. The severity of the injury typically depends on whether or not you were proper restrained in the vehicle. Symptoms may occur right away, and most worsen over the next 24 to 48 hours. Many report symptoms for up to a year.
NECK AND BACK
The most common areas of the spine affected by whiplash are the neck and middle of the spine. Neck and back pain, aching, soreness and stiffness can be expected for several weeks after the initial injury. It can linger up to several months depending on the impact of the accident.
Sometimes whiplash is referred to as neck strain or sprain because it is a soft tissue injury. However, “neck” pain is also very common between the shoulder and the neck. The missing link of whiplash may be towards or inside the shoulder and explains why neck therapy alone does not give lasting relief.
HEAD AND LIMBS
Other symptoms reported by sufferers include headaches, blurred vision, and sensory disturbance like “pins and needles” to the arms and legs. Symptoms can appear directly after the injury, but often are not felt until days afterwards. Joint injuries may cause post-traumatic osteoarthritis.
Cognitive symptoms following whiplash trauma such as being easily distracted, dizziness, and irritability are common. Other side effects include memory loss, depression, sleep problems, and fatigue. We can help you with these areas of your health as part of your overall treatment and rehabilitation program.
AUTO INJURY TREATMENT PROGRAM
Dr. Chris Hummel specializes in helping patients recover from whiplash and auto accident injuries. Aspects of our Auto Accident Injury Treatment Program include spinal adjustments, heat therapy for muscle tension and pain relief, range of motion exercises and physical therapy. Strengthening exercises are incorporated as part of your personalized rehabilitation plan. Call Hummel Chiropractic at 314-838-8780 for a free consult about your whiplash injuries.