Causes of Whiplash

What are some of the Causes Whiplash?

Whiplash otherwise known as cervical acceleration/deceleration syndrome (CADS). Is caused by the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the cervical spine mostly caused from automobile collisions. While whiplash is mostly caused by car crashes, it can also occur during falls, sports injuries, or other traumatic events. Whiplash is nothing more than a cervical sprain/strain which is more complicated than a simple sprain of a ligament or strain of a muscle or tendon because it involves the whole cervical spine that has muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, bones, joint capsules and other soft tissue organs.  In short, any type of impact that causes the head and neck to snap backwards and forwards can lead to whiplash.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash?

Signs and symptoms of whiplash include neck, mid-back and low back pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. In severe cases, people may also experience tingling or numbness in their arms or legs. If you think you have whiplash, it’s important to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.


Is There a Cure for Whiplash?

Technically there is no cure for whiplash even with the signs and symptoms that range from mild to severe. Whiplash is not curable even in many mild cases which are self-limiting meaning it will feel better without treatment. However even in mild cases one should get checked out and probably go through a short course of Chiropractic treatment to accelerate the healing process and to prevent the formation of scare tissue and trigger points that become pain sensitive if not addressed early on. In moderate to severe cases, it is important to seek treatment from Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Primary Care Physicians and if needed, more aggressive therapies from orthopedic and neurosurgeons if disc derangement and instability is involved.

What is the treatment for Whiplash?

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for whiplash. The best place to start for mild to moderate cases is a Chiropractor.  Most Chiropractor’s will incorporate a variety of supportive procedures such as electrical stimulation which will create endorphins that help relieve pain, they will also use ice packing in acute stages and hot moist packs in sub-acute stages to relieve stiff muscles and inflammation. Chiropractor’s may also use mechanical traction to stretch and exercise the spine and soft tissue massage and trigger point therapy. The most important treatment a Chiropractor can give is the Adjustment. The Adjustment to the spine reduces the pressure on the nerves and allows the power from the nervous system to flow so the healing power is able to get through, and get you better.

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