Treatment for Whiplash.

Injuries to the neck caused by the sudden movement of the head, backward, forward, or sideways, are referred to as “whiplash”.

Whiplash is most commonly received from riding in a car that is struck from behind or that collides with another object. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine and head can be overstretched or torn. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion. The spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck can get stretched and irritated. While the occupants can suffer considerable soft tissue injury, the car may be only slightly damaged.

The resulting instability of the spine and soft tissues can result in headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulder, arms and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and even low back problems. As the body attempts to adapt, symptoms may not appear for weeks or even months later. This is a big risk when it comes to whiplash and car accidents. People underestimate what their bodies goes through when involved in a car accident (even at slow speed). We encourage everyone who is involved in an accident to get a check up as soon as possible from a spine specialist.