Injuries to the head and neck caused by a sudden backward, forward, or sideways motion is known as whiplash. People who have been involved in a rear end car accident or sports injury oftentimes experience whiplash injuries. When the head is suddenly jerked, oftentimes it causes muscle and ligament damage as well as disc bulges and tears. Oftentimes vertebrae are forced out of their normal position which can cause not only pain but also may impact range of motion. The spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck can be impacted by being stretched or irritated.
Some effects of whiplash injury and instability of the spine are headaches, migraines, dizziness, irritability, sleep disturbances, memory problems, blurred vision, reduced ability to turn and bend, pain in the shoulders, arms, and hands, even low back problems. Some people have symptoms instantly, while in other instances it may take weeks or months for the symptoms to arise.
Traditional healthcare oftentimes recommends medication, injections, or surgery to manage whiplash symptoms. Chiropractic care is a noninvasive approach. Specific, scientific chiropractic adjustments can help return range of motion and spinal function. The first step is a thorough examination and consultation to understand the extent of the accident and injuries involved. The doctor will then recommend a series of visits to restore health. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue can be minimized. Someone who has recently been in an auto accident or suffered from a sports injury should assess their nervous system for structural abnormalities before long term damage sets in.