What is “Whiplash”?
Whiplash is the mechanism of acceleration then deceleration of the
neck that transfers energy through the neck. In other words, your neck acts like a whip, which can be caused
by sports injuries, falls, or car accidents.
Whiplash injuries are the most frequent injuries sustained in automobile accidents. They
generally occur when a vehicle is hit by another vehicle that is traveling at a much faster rate of speed.
This causes the occupants of the car to be forced forward with great stress and then the neck will be “snapped” or
“whipped” backward. The exact mechanism depends on the direction of the impact but the result is an injury to
the cervical spine which can be severe and cause a great deal of pain and dysfunction in the
Although the symptoms of a whiplash injury can vary greatly depending on the force of
impact and the positioning of the individual, the principal symptoms are as
Pain in the head and
neck. Generally the pain starts out being very mild but the intensity gradually increases as more time
Inflammation and decreased
range of motion in the cervical spine (neck).
Taut and tender muscles in the neck. Pain in the shoulders back and arms.
Is a whiplash injury a serious
In the large majority of cases, whiplash injuries are not considered “severe” injuries mainly
because they are not a life threatening injury. Nevertheless, these injuries can be “severe” to the
individual because they can be debilitating and severely affect their activities of daily living. Dr. Johnson
is trained to evaluate the severity of the whiplash injury and prescribe the proper course of
should I expect in the treatment of a whiplash injury?
Each treatment will depend on the degree of
injury. In general terms, the doctor will evaluate your injury, listen to your description of symptoms, and
will provide you with a treatment plan that is designed specifically for you. A complete examination and x
rays (when necessary) will be taken to provide you with the best diagnosis for the best chance of
The chiropractic treatment is
based on the adjustment of the spine that will help restore proper posture and bring improved range of motion much
quicker than if a person were to solely take medication for their pain. Each person should understand that
consistency and strict adherence to the treatment plan will bring the best outcome and will help resolve the
musculoskeletal problems much faster and much safer than if trying to treat your symptoms
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