Injured In A Car Collision?

A car accident is capable of causing injury to any area of the body.  Extremely common are injuries that include the joints and muscles of the musculoskeletal system, particularly those of the head, neck, back and extremities.

One very unique form of neck injury is known as a hyperflexion-hyperextension injury, commonly called whiplash.   Pain from whiplash can show up immediately, the next morning, a day or two after the accident, or may not show up in some people for several weeks, or even months after the accident.

Experiencing Neck Pain?   Whiplash Is Real!

The first thing to realize about whiplash is it’s real.  Research also shows that whiplash injuries can happen at surprisingly slow speeds, often with very little damage to the vehicle.  It occurs in collisions at any angle; rear-end, head-on, any of the four corners or from the side, often described as being “T-Boned.”

In an auto collision, the heavier weight of the head continues on through space, then “whips” the neck causing the weaker neck structures to experience stress and injury.

Even though the neck is designed to move, it is not meant to move at a hyper accelerated speed beyond normal ranges of motions brought about by the weight of the head, and then suddenly stopped.

This leads to pulling, stretching, tearing and compressive injuries to the neck and spine, again known as whiplash!

Whiplash G Force Means Injuries Are Common

Research shows that during a car accident, your body can move back and forth 8 to 10 times faster than the speed your vehicle was moving during impact.  This means that in as little as a 10 mph collision, your head can cause your neck to whip at a rate of 80 to 100 mph – in less than a second!  The risks of injuries in higher speed impacts are self-explanatory.

G’s are measurements used to indicate the force to which a body is subjected when accelerated.  Each G is equal to 1 times gravity.  In a car collision of less than 10 miles per hour, the body is subjected to hyper acceleration at a rate of 5 to 10 G’s. The force of 10 G’s is greater than a fighter pilot will experience during air to air combat.

Time-Delayed Symptoms Very Common

Muscles, ligaments, tendons, placement of vertebrae and other tissues of your body react much differently to the trauma of an auto impact than does the metal, plastic and glass of your vehicle during an auto collision.

Time-delayed symptoms of several weeks to several months are extremely common; therefore it’s important not to sign away your rights too quickly.

Research shows that approximately 50% of auto accident victims develop mysterious headaches, neck, shoulder or back pain months down the road from the initial impact that were not present at the time, or shortly after the accident.

Indeed, untreated or improperly treated whiplash is a major reason for neck pain and cervical disc destruction that only surfaces many years after an impact injury.

Chiropractic – The Smartly Chosen Treatment Of Choice For Whiplash

There are more than 1,000 research articles addressing the effects of whiplash neck injury and it’s many negative and potentially devasting effects.

One such study found 93% of patients studied who were under chiropractic care had improved, and further stated “no other conventional medical treatment has proven to be as effective in these established cases.”

Whether it is headaches, neck, shoulder or back pain, the research shows chiropractic care is the smartly chosen treatment of choice for a vast majority of these challenges caused by vehicular accidents and impacts.

Do You Need Help With Whiplash Neck Injury?

If you’ve been involved in an auto accident and are experiencing pain or other symptoms, something is obviously wrong.  With nearly 30 years experience, Dr. Jack Adrian of ChiroCenter in Troy has helped more than 1,000 people injured in auto accidents get rid of pain and get their life back.  A complimentary injury evaluation will help provide the information necessary to come up with the best approach for you.

For a complete report about whiplash please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

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