Whiplash is a term that originated back in 1928. It describes an abrupt hyperextension of the neck followed in instant succession by hyperflexion. Simply put, the head is jerked forward and back. It is difficult to validate since it does not show up on an x-ray. The immobility of the head and the pain are not any less serious. Pasco County chiropractic offers help to clients with whiplash pain.
When a rear end collision occurs various parts of your neck are affected. The vertebrae, intervertebral discs, nerves, ligaments and muscles are seriously impacted. Forceful injury is likely even when both vehicles are moving slowly and seat belts cannot prevent whiplash.
While your body is stabilized, the movement of your head can tear fibers and cause subluxation of seven cervical discs. The actual force may cause brain damage because the movement causes the brain to crash against the inner skull.
A large number of factors affect the whiplash injury and how severe it is. Due to human differences and speed when the crash occurs, the extent of your pain is unpredictable. Surprisingly, the onset of symptoms can be delayed for weeks and in some cases months.
At the time your first office appointment with the chiropractor takes place, you may complain of pain in a number of areas. Some say it hurts across the shoulders. Others complain of stiffness and an inability to turn the head to the right or left. Pain can radiate into the arms and weaken the muscles.
You will receive a full evaluation prior to any care plan being initiated. Your spine will be examined physically and you will be asked to describe your pain. Questions such as when did it start and how much does it affect your quality of life must be asked and answered.
Care may involve adjusting the cervical spine, mobilization, specific exercises or spinal decompression. The reasons for selecting any of these will depend on your condition, age and health status. Appointments will be scheduled to carry out the program that is best for you.