Whiplash and Neck Injuries
By Craig Drucker, D.C., P.C.
Whiplash injuries involve usually the head and neck when it is thrown unepectantly very quickly in one direction and then rebounds in the opposite direction. Usually the head is thrown about on the neck front to back but it can also happen from a side to side motion of the neck.
Many of the whiplash sufferers have their cervical spine vertebrae misaligned as well as nerve, joint, ligament, tendon, muscle and disc stress, irritation or damage. Theses misalignments are called vertebral subluxations and is a very common cause of pain and discomfort from these types of injuries.
Right after the accident it is very common to feel that the neck becomes sore, stiff and sometimes accompanied by headaches. Later on its possible to feel pain, numbness, tinglingbetween the shoulder blades, in the arm hands and/or fingers. Other symptoms can occur depending on the nerves that are affected such as ringing in the ears, eye discofort, nasal problems and dizziness.
Some whiplash patients heel very rapidly while others may suffer chronic pain for a very long time. Many of these chronic sufferers continue to have pain and some amount of disabilty for yearts after the injury. The effectiveness of Chiropractic treatment for these Whiplash injuries has been very successful and many patients are living a pain free life.
If you or anyone you know that has ever been in an accident, whiplash or trauma no matter how long ago should see a Chiropractor. Many of these old trauma or injuries can be associated for unrelated health problems that you are suffering from today.