Whiplash is the result of the head suddenly snapping back and forth from the impact of an accident, most often an automobile accident where the car gets rear-ended by another vehicle. It is a form of trauma best described by the rapid movements associated with whiplash that can injure the vertebrae of the neck as well as the muscles and ligaments that support them. During a rear-end automobile collision, your body goes through an extremely rapid and intense acceleration and deceleration. This sudden and forceful movement causes substantial damage to the vertebrae, nerves, discs, muscles, and ligaments of your neck and spine.
Signs and symptoms of whiplash are usually evident within 24 hours of the injury and may include:
The damage from whiplash can become chronic over time, which can erode a patient's quality of life. Chiropractic techniques and skills are particularly well-suited to relieving the neck pain and other debilitating effects caused by whiplash. Spinal adjustments, spinal decompression, and soft tissue therapies are all beneficial for the following reasons after sustaining whiplash:
To learn more about Carlton Chiropractic’s complete care for whiplash and other injuries, please contact the office today.