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What is Whiplash?

Auto Accidents are the leading cause of whiplash. Up to 83% of people involved in an accident will suffer a whiplash injury.

Your Neck is made up of 7 bones stacked on top of each other with a soft "disc" between each segment. Your neck is relatively flexible, so it relies on your muscles and ligaments for support. "Whiplash" describes what happens when the soft tissues of your neck are stretched too hard or too far, much like a rope that frays when it is stretched beyond it's capacity.

Auto accidents are the leading cause of whiplash. Up to 83% of people involved in an accident will suffer a whiplash injury. Patients who are struck from behind in a rear-end collision generally suffer the most injury. Being struck by a larger of heavier vehicle also increases your risk. Those who have pre-existing arthritis are more likely to develop complaints

Symptoms

Symptoms may begin abruptly or have a delayed onset. Ongoing complaints often include dull neck pain that becomes sharper when you move your head. The pain is often centered in the back of your neck but can spread to your shoulders or between your shoulder blades. Tension headaches commonly accompany neck injuries. Dizziness and TMJ problems are possible. Symptoms may increase over time.

How We Can Help

Getting you back to normal as soon as possible is our number one goal. To do that, we will likely recommend one or more of the following:

Chiropractic Adjustment to improve flexibility and improve pain.

Myofascial Release to remove long-standing tightness

Therapeutic Exercises to strengthen weak muscles and help hold adjustments