Symptoms of Whiplash
Rear-end collisions can result in a number of symptoms, and some of them can be difficult to diagnose. In this section, we cover all of the documented types of whiplash symptoms and how they are caused.
The Anatomy of Whiplash Injuries
Automobile crashes can cause injury to the ligaments, joints, nerves, and blood vessels of the neck.
Risk Factors for Whiplash
Whiplash injuries have a very unique kind of mechanism. This section of articles discusses the specifics of the biomechanics of auto injuries and who is at risk of developing long-term problems.
Chiropractic “Only Proven Effective Treatment” for Chronic Whiplash
Study Says 74% of Chronic Whiplash Patients Improved with Chiropractic
Whiplash injury occurs when the body reacts to a deceleration or acceleration force by hyperflexion or hyperextension of the neck.
Whiplash injuries are very common in collisions. The whiplash injury is in part due to the fact that the muscles do not have enough time to brace.
Uncomplicated cases of whiplash are the result of sprained ligaments in the neck. The muscles naturally spasm as a protective mechanism. Pain from the whiplash may be a stiff neck and may go down one or both arms.
Relief for the simple case of whiplash can be found with chiropractic adjustment, physical modalities and pain medication.
A more severe case of whiplash is indicated by persistent pain that lasts for a month and half or more. This can indicate that the whiplash more extensively damaged and/or trapped nerves. Whiplash can also lead to discs rupturing in the neck like a “slipped” disc, ruptured disc or herniated disc in the back.
Other symptoms from a car collision and whiplash may include radiating pain into the shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand, low back pain, headaches and more.
An article published in the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine in 1999 pointed out the superiority of chiropractic care for patients suffering from long term whiplash.
The authors of the article noted that a previous study had shown that 26 of 28 patients, or 93 percent, of patients with chronic whiplash benefited from chiropractic care.
In the authors’ own study, they interviewed 100 consecutive chiropractic referrals of patients with chronic whiplash. Their results also showed that of the 93 patients who remained in the study, 69 of them, or 74 percent, found improvement.
The researchers concluded their opening comments with the statement, “The results from this study provide further evidence that chiropractic is an effective treatment for chronic whiplash symptoms.”