Patients who receive a whiplash type injury will usually declare neck pain as the primary symptom which is followed by a headache. It is traditionally considered to be a result of hyperflexion/hyperextension whereby the muscles, ligaments and the connecting tissues surrounding the spinal joints of the back and neck are forcibly stretched beyond their normal range of motion. This causes damage to the adjoining ligaments, discs, muscles and bones and ends with pain/stiffness which may only be felt weeks after the incident.
Chiropractors believe that much of the trauma of whiplash is due to subluxations and soft-tissue damage created by violent movement experienced in the neck and spine. Indications include a reduced range of motion, cervical spine tenderness, neck swelling and possibly bruising caused by the seatbelt. A fracture of the neck is also a possibility hence the need for up-to-date and relevant x-rays.
Typically following motor vehicle accidents, the symptoms of a whiplash injury can include neck and arm pain, neck swelling/stiffness, headaches, lower back pain, leg pain (sciatica), dizziness, fatigue and ringing in the ears. Injuries can be minimised by positioning the headrest as close to the centre of the back of the head as possible.
Regular adjustments at the Applecross Chiropractic Centre can help the body return to its proper positioning and functioning, giving the soft tissues a chance to heal. Whiplash treatments may include a spinal manipulation, physical therapy, soft tissue techniques and detailed exercises as required.