Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the neck. It is characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur following damage to the neck, usually due to sudden extension and flexion such as in a motor vehicle accident according to the National Institute of Health.
Approximately two-thirds of people involved in motor vehicle accidents develop symptoms of whiplash. The symptoms usually do not develop until 2 to 48 hours after the injury. Whiplash can also occur from sports injuries, work injuries, falls, and other accidents.
Patients with a whiplash injury may experience pain and stiffness in the neck extending into the shoulders, arms, upper back, and upper chest. ⅔ of patients suffer with headaches, especially at the base of the skull. Patients may also experience blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, and even difficulty swallowing.
Chiropractor Whiplash Treatment
According to the American Chiropractic Association, 45% to 85% of people who suffer a whiplash injury have the symptoms five years after the accident and 82% had a straightening or reversal of their cervical curvature.
When treating a whiplash injury, the doctor starts with a thorough physical examination and necessary X-rays. A treatment plan is then prescribed including a combination of spinal manipulation, ultrasound therapy, laser therapy, and rehabilitative exercises. In severe cases, the doctor may order further diagnostic imaging such as an MRI.
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