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What To Know About Whiplash Treatment

Whiplash.

We have all heard the term, yet few know what it actually means let alone what whiplash treatment entails. That’s okay. That is why you are reading this blog.

Whiplash is simply the an acceleration and deceleration of the cervical spine that leads to injury. The most recently adopted term is more appropriately named cervical acceleration/ deceleration injury or CAD injury for short. For simplicity and familiarity I will use the term whiplash in the remainder of this article.

Following a car accident, whiplash can show up with many different symptoms. The most common symptoms are neck pain, headaches, upper back and limb pain, muscle spasm, numbness and tingling and low back pain. A few other less common, but common enough to mention are difficulty sleeping, ringing in the ears, difficulty with memory, irritability, and concentration issues.

The most common type of car accident is a rear end collision at low speed. This is a good thing for the most part. However, this also leads to many other missed problems. Since people are less likely to seek medical attention following a low speed collision, rarely does anyone evaluate the delicate and small structures in the cervical spine. Yes, even if you do go to the ER, they will likely x-ray and look for major and life threatening injuries, but often do not evaluate the soft tissue injuries that often follow a whiplash incident.

Whiplash treatment

With whiplash treatment, the details are VERY important and can vary your treatment and healing time greatly. Your doctor should ask all of these questions and then some.

What direction were you looking at the time of impact? At the rear view mirror? Down at the radio?

Was your foot on the brake?

Were both hands on the steering wheel or just one?

Was your head rest in the up position?

Did your seat break?

Did you hit your head?

Knees hit the dash?

All of these questions help a doctor who focuses on car accidents to determine where the injuries have occurred and the exact tissues that were damaged. Was it your spinal ligaments, muscles, spinal discs, and/or facet joints? The structure that is injured can vastly change the healing time needed for your injuries. A thorough exam is necessary to determine this, but unfortunately often not done. Muscles can take a few months to heal. Ligaments and tendons can take 6 months or more. And spinal discs and facet joints can take upwards of a year to completely heal.

Whiplash treatment in Redmond can vary greatly. Obviously, you are looking to make a wise decision in selecting a doctor who focuses on whiplash. While pain killers and muscle relaxers will help you not feel the symptoms of whiplash, they do not get to the root structural and soft tissue damage that may be looming. This damage left untreated can result in degenerative processes and future pain and suffering. Our Redmond whiplash treatment goal is to get you back to pre-accident condition as quickly as possible. With the use of structural chiropractic adjustments, manual therapy, massage therapy and exercise therapy, we will do everything it takes to get you back to a normally functioning life.

 

Whiplash: Don’t Crack That Whip!

Whiplash: The Scary Truth.

Many people hear the term “Crack that whip” or “Whip It” and get a certain song in our heads along with the inevitable big smile. If you aren’t familiar with the song by DEVO that was released in the 1980’s, watch the video below. You can thank me later. Just for the record, they are not talking about whiplash.

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Whip It!

What many of us forget is the part that states “break your momma’s back”. That is the line that I will focus on in this blog. That line has a lot of significance right now due to our wet roads.

Whiplash… we all hear about it, but what the heck is it?

For simplicity, whiplash is an injury that can occur in your neck during any fast movement of the head. Most whiplashes are caused by car accidents, sports collisions, falls, and any time the head changes directions abruptly (including stopping abruptly). Watch this video to see how even a minor accident can result in major problems, Whiplash slow motion video.

Contrary to popular opinion, whiplash can occur in ANY DIRECTION. While most of the information out there focuses on rear end collisions (just do a google search on whiplash), in reality, any forceful change in direction can also result in LONG TERM neck damage from a whiplash.

Many cases of whiplash do not cause immediate severe pain. In fact, many report “feeling fine” immediately following a car accident. I often ask people that I know may be suffering from a whiplash type injury if they have ever had their structure evaluated. More often than not, I am sad to hear that they didn’t think about it because it “didn’t hurt”. Remember, pain is often the last of the secondary conditions that follow a whiplash. Some other secondary conditions to be aware of are headaches, foggy thoughts, trouble concentrating, loss of enjoyment in hobbies/ activities, depression, anxiety, headaches, irritability, “fussiness” and MANY MANY others. Any change in attitude, feeling of general well being, and/or mood can be a secondary condition of even a minor whiplash. It is NOT uncommon for a whiplash to actually cause residual or a secondary condition of low back pain!

My point in mentioning all of the symptoms above is to impart the importance of ruling OUT any Structural Shifts of the spine before you write of that “minor accident”, fender bender, fall or “bonk” (for the little ones).

Food for thought… in the United States alone there are an estimated 16,000,000 car accidents each year on our roads. How many do you think has one car traveling faster than the slow motion video above? I would venture to say most of them. You can decide for yourself when you realize that all of you can RUN, roll, or ride your bike faster than the speed in the video.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE be safe out there and don’t neglect your structure!

If you have been in a recent car accident, then a Complimentary Consultation is a no brainer.

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