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Whiplash & Auto Accident Injuries

Auto-Accident-WhiplashIn 1994 I survived a serious auto accident. I was knocked unconscious and upon awakening I had instant numbness in my left arm, an incredible headache, ringing in my ears and a host of other symptoms. Fortunately Chiropractic saved my life and inspired me to become a Chiropractor myself. To learn more about my story, click on the “My Story” link to the right of this page.

A lot of people ask me about auto accidents and whiplash. Whiplash injuries are typically associated with car accidents. While it is true that whiplash is a common injury sustained in a car accident, there are numerous potential causes. The term whiplash is generic; it refers to any injury in which the neck is rapidly jerked in one direction and then another. This whip-like motion gave name to the term.

The majority of whiplash injuries result in neck sprain/strain. Although often thought to be the same thing, there are some variations between the two. A sprain occurs when the ligaments of the neck are torn. A strain, on the other hand, is caused by damage to the muscles or tendons.

Damage to the vertebrae caused by whiplash injuries are much less common than sprains and strains. Although they are less common, they are no less damaging. In certain situations the discs between the vertebrae may be torn. This has been known to cause disc herniation.

Whiplash is not always immediately recognized. Individuals may unintentionally overlook their symptoms. Signs of whiplash may appear immediately, but it is not uncommon for symptoms to develop days later. People are urged to consult a professional who has experience diagnosing and treating whiplash injuries.

Here are some of the the most common signs of a whiplash injury:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Difficulty turning your head to the side
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness, vertigo and nausea
  • Less common symptoms include irritability and fatigue

Whiplash injuries may be treated with ice and/or heat. These treatments are used to reduce swelling and ease discomfort. Gentle spinal manipulation is a common treatment for whiplash. Chiropractic adjustments may be used in conjunction with therapeutic treatments such as ultrasound or electric muscle stimulation. Massage therapy can also be used to provide relief in some cases.

If you think you have whiplash or are still suffering from an auto accident related injury please call us at 865-679-2225. We look forward to getting you back to full health!

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